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

Friday, July 22, 2016 No-Host Dinner to honor St. Mary Magdalene.

St. Mary Magdalene at the Crucifixion

Friday, July 22, 2016 No-Host Dinner to honor St. Mary Magdalene.

When we think of Mary Magdalene, we recall her intense love of Jesus. She received this love from the Holy Spirit. She received the Holy Spirit in such a powerful way because of her perseverance. Just as Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s spirit by preserving in sticking with him, so Mary Magdalene received the Spirit’s gift of love through her perseverance.

When almost all Jesus' disciples had abandoned him, Mary preserved at the foot of the cross. When everyone else has left Jesus’ tomb, Mary Magdalene preserved and was the first to meet the risen Christ. Moreover, when she recognized the risen Jesus, she clung to Him. Only Jesus’ words could break Mary Magdalene’s stick-to-it-iveness.

The above reflection was taken from as quoted in the app Laudate.

Friday July 22 is the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene. If you have the opportunity to go to Mass, pray to St. Mary for perseverance to stay the course in our quest to know what the divine plan is for the LGBT community. In honor of St. Mary you are requested to join us at 6:30 pm at Baba Ghanouj Lebanese Restaurant in Long Beach for a no-host Mideastern dinner. Baba Ghanouj is located at 4276 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA just north of Carson St.

To be guaranteed a seat, please text Marilyn Pires at 562-706-7214.

Hollywood Bowl: Tango Under The Stars With Dudamel

Comunidad has purchased a limited number of tickets for the Hollywood Bowl's Tuesday August 2, 2016 performance of Tango Under the Stars with Gustavo Dudamel. Gustavo Dudamel accents the colors, rhythms, and passion of music by leading composers from Argentina in this invigorating evening under the stars.

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact David Kennedy at this e-mail address.

Summer Ecumenical BBQ

Saturday, August 27th, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in Huntington Beach

As happens every summer, members of Comunidad and members of lesbian and gay ministries of other faith traditions gather in Huntington Beach for an “ecumenical” barbeque. A relaxing and fun time is had by all. Please join us! Our hosts provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and margaritas—feel free to bring something other than an entrée to share. Please text Steven at (714) 536-5172 to RSVP and get directions.

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

Letters were delivered by post approximately two months 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.

Marilyn Pires Honored

By Anna Totta

Acknowledging the excellence of leaders in the San Gabriel Region, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles requests nominees from pastors. Thus Father Chris Ponnet of St. Camillus de Lellis Center for Spiritual Care nominated Marilyn Pires, a member of the Catholic Ministry for Lesbian and Gay Persons (CMLGP)_Committee for special recognition. Thus, on May 9, 2016 Marilyn was among the honorees at a recognition dinner held at the Quiet Cannon Restaurant in Montebello, CA (Continue reading here)

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)

We’ve got other upcoming events, too!