Comunidad 

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

Our 30th Anniversary Mass

A photo of the altar at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood taken a few years ago, just prior the start of the mass celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics (now called Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons)—which Saint Matthew’s was a founding member of back in 1986.
Credit: Gretchen German.

Sunday, June 26th, 3:00 p.m., St. Matthew Catholic Church, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach

Saint Matthew’s Church in Long Beach is proud to be a parish that offers a welcoming attitude to gays and lesbians. This year our Annual Pride Mass has a special significance since it celebrates our 30 Anniversary as a Catholic LGBT outreach group. The Mass follows Los Angeles County’s two major gay pride festivals. This year’s mass will be held in the church sanctuary and will be followed with a reception in the parish hall, which will include food, drinks, and an opportunity to celebrate our 30 years together as a community that openly and happily includes all of God’s people—gay and straight alike.

We hope you’ll join us!

Homily Delivered At Our 25th Anniversary Mass

Fr. Brian Doran, Homilist

This past Thursday I was privileged to be involved at an anti-bullying rally at Bell High School in the City of Bell. Gender bullying was not the only focus of the evening. Picking on immigrants and mocking female students who wear Muslim garb to school was also decried. But by and large the focus was on bullying gay, lesbian and transgender students. My role was to speak briefly on the healing process. We held candles. We sang and processed around the neighborhood. Some gay and lesbian students spoke and they were treated with great respect. It takes courage to stand in front of your peers at that age and hold nothing back. Those LGBT students were heroes to me. Click here to continue reading.

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)

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.

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)

We’ve got other upcoming events, too!