Lesbian and Gay Ministry at St. Matthew’s Church, Long Beach, CA

Our April Meeting: LGBT Repression in Uganda

A 26-year-old gay Ugandan man, who insisted on anonymity because of fears for his safety, speaks to The Associated Press, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Tuesday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m., Fr. Gerald Meisel Hall, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach

On Tuesday, April 5th at 7 PM in the Fr. Gerald Meisel Parish Hall, Comunidad is pleased to host a special speaker who will share his story of seeking asylum to escape from persecution in his homeland of Uganda because of his sexuality. He will discuss the life threatening conditions for LGBT persons in Uganda and recount his journey to say here in Long Beach. Please join us.

The Uganda Connection

Logo of Uganda's Civil Society on Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

By Anna Totta

Five people from Uganda arrived in Long Beach this past year as refugees fleeing repression because they were gay or lesbian. Their very lives endangered, they escaped through Kenya and came to the United States through World Relief. St. Luke’s Episcopal in Long Beach became a major sponsor of these five persons, helping them with housing, medical care, and food stamps. Currently all five are employed and adjusting to this very new world. Comunidad members have assisted and supported St. Luke volunteers in their efforts. (Continue reading here)

Our Annual Appeal is Underway—Can You Give of Your Time, Talent, or Send a Financial Contribution?

Letters were delivered by post approximately six weeks ago. You can also donate electronically.

Comunidad’s annual appeal campaign is underway. This year we have, wherever possible, trimmed budgets, but your financial contribution and the influx of talent and participation brought by new and old members alike is greatly appreciated. Every donation, no matter the amount, helps.

Know that St Matthew Catholic Church—Comunidad is a registered 501(c)3 charity organization, so your donation is tax-deductible.

If you have a postal address on file with us, you’ve probably received a letter in the mail from which you can respond. We also also offer the means to send financial contributions electronically via PayPal. It’s a safe and secure way to deliver your contibution through the use of a credit card or your PayPal account, if you have one. Sending your contribution electronically will save you the cost and trouble of affixing a stamp on the return envelope that is provided in our mailing. You needn’t be a PayPal account holder (or create an account) to use the service. To provide your donation electronically, visit our donation page.

If you have not received a mailing delivered by post from Comunidad in the past eighteen months, it’s likely that we do not have your current postal address on file. In this case, you can send your donation via the PayPal method or download this form and mail it in along with your check or money-order.

Comunidad Reaches Thirty

By Anna Totta

Comunidad celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! Many of us were present when Comunidad began. Father Gerald Meisel stepped forward then to be the first pastor to answer the Archdiocesan call to establish an outreach ministry with gays and lesbians. In 1986, he and Father Brad Dusak began this ministry and for two years led an exciting venue to integrate gays and lesbians into the parish and provide outreach to those who felt estranged from the Church. (Continue reading here)

Powerhouse Parents

Robert and Carolyn Aldapa

By Anna Totta

Carolyn and Robert Aldapa are a pleasant couple, they always bring delicious treats to Comunidad meetings, come to our prayer services, and bring a supportive kind presence. They seem like your typical married (55 years) nurturing parents, and I really wanted to write about that. I wanted to call this article, “Comunidad’s Parents.” However, when I interviewed them, I found fierceness and a fearlessness about them that changed my mind: I would rather call them “Champions for Comunidad.” Well, even that is not broad enough. They are “Powerhouse Parents” for us, for our diocese, and for the United States Catholic community. (Continue reading here)

We’ve got other upcoming events, too!