Memorial Service for Ray Price, longtime Comunidad Member and St. Matthew Parish Nurse
Saturday, March 8th, 10:00 a.m., St. Matthew Catholic Church, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach
As many of you heard, Ray Price died unexpectedly on
Sunday, January 5th. A memorial service that will celebrate his life, friendships, and the good work that he brought to the many people he served as a military officer, nurse, and fellow parish member will be celebrated this Saturday morning, March 8th, 10:00 am, at St. Matthew’s. If you know of persons who knew Ray but may not know of the memorial service that will take place, we ask that you please spread the word. Ray’s funeral Mass took place in early February in Harrison City, Pennsylvania, where his family resides. You can read Ray’s obituary here, which explains where contributions made in his honor can be sent.
Our Annual Appeal is Underway—Can You Give of Your Time, Talent, or Send a Financial Contribution?
Letters will soon be in the mail. This year we’re also offering a means to donate electronically
Comunidad’s annual appeal campaign is underway. Unfortunately, we remain in deficit spending mode, which began last year. This year we have, wherever possible, trimmed budgets even further so that the loss is not as great. Nevertheless, 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’ll be receiving a letter in the mail soon from which you can respond. This year we’re also offering 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 an PayPal account holder (or create an account) to use the service. To read our annual Appeal letter or 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.
A Reminder about the Upcoming Los Angeles Archdiocese Religious Education Congress
Friday, March 14th–Sunday, March 16th, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
The annual Religious Education Congress held at the Anaheim Convention Center is soon happening. As always, on the Thursday prior (March 13th) “Youth Day” is held for High School students. Friday through Sunday events are open to adults and young adults alike. More than 200 speakers will be presenting over 300 workshops, and there will also be lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, films, various liturgies, and the Exhibit Hall, which this year will be home to 489 booths covering all manner of artists and art galleries, music and publishing houses, educational institutions, and Archdiocesan ministries.
The Archdiocesan Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons will be hosting a booth (number 464) in the exhibit hall that will be staffed by some members from Comunidad and well as persons from other parish-based gay and lesbian ministry programs from around the archdiocese.
CMLGP will also be hosting a wine and cheese reception in Suite 1751 of the Anaheim Marriott (one of the hotels that is hosting the convention), 700 Convention Way, from 7:30–9:30 pm on Saturday, March 15th. It’s a perfect time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. If you’re attending the conference, please stop by!
There are two LGBTQ presentations in this year’s program that we want to draw your attention to, “Illuminating Church Teachings On Homosexuality” and “Gay Catholic? Identifying As Catholic Before Gay.” You can read more about those presentations here.
Our April Meeting: Our Annual Lenten Observance—Stations of the Cross—and a Vote on the Adoption of Some Changes to Comunidad’s Bylaws
Tuesday, April 1st, 7:00 p.m., Fr. Gerald Meisel Hall, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach
“We can oly begin to understand the meaning of the crucifiction when we take away our polished and shiny crosses and try to locate the cross in our own time, in our own landscape” — Mary Button
As we do during each Lenten season, we’ll be celebrating Stations of the Cross in a special way that emphasizes their value for gay and lesbian believers at our April meeting. While our way of praying the stations will be familiar to anyone who has participated in a Stations of the Cross ritual anywhere, our Stations service uses different language that reminds participants of the struggles, hostility, and violence that gay and lesbians have faced throughout history and to look to Christ’s example for making our way in the world. As always, we want to remind everyone that all are invited—indeed, encouraged—to join in Comunidad’s activities regardless of their orientation.
Though the Stations service itself will take place in the parish church, we’ll initially gather in the hall, where a few announcements will be made and one important business matter will take place, which we urge you to be present for: a vote on proposed changes to Comunidad’s bylaws, which were formulated at the annual steering committee retreat, which took place in January. You can preview the proposed changes here.
Because there is the need for volunteer readers of short passages during the Stations service, please consider contacting Steven Nadolny at (714) 536-5172, who is coordinating the service part of the meeting, and lending your help. It will be much appreciated.
No matter your ability or desire to volunteer, we look forward to seeing you on the first of April!
Lastly, given the theme of our April meeting, we want to bring your attention to the work of Mary Button, Minister of Visual Arts, First Congregational Church, and Master student of Theological Studies at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, who produced the image included in this post. Produced during Lent last year, it depicts, as the artist puts it, the struggle for LGBT equality reimagined as the fourteen stations of the cross.
Food for Thought: Catholic Parents of LGBTQ Children
New Videos Released by Ignatian News Network
Given the subject of our February meeting, we thought it especially timely that two new episodes to the Ignatian News Network’s video series on Gay and Lesbian Catholics were released recently. The first videos in the series, parts one and two of “Who Are We to Judge?—Gay Catholics,” were published in July of last year. The two new episodes focus not on lesbian and gay Catholics themselves but on “Catholic parents of LGBTQ children.” We think the videos are worth watching and thinking about. Each episode runs about six minutes. The videos are hosted on Ignatian New Network’s YouTube channel, “IN Network.”
Father Robert Nugent: A Remembrance
With confidence in the promise of the Resurrection but also with heavy hearts, we report the passing into eternal life of New Ways Ministry co-founder, Father Robert Nugent, SDS
Fr. Nugent’s three-month battle with cancer ended on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 2:10 pm, Central Time, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Present at his side at the time of his death were New Ways Ministry co-founder, Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL, and Brother John Hauenstein, SDS, a member of his religious congregation, the Salvatorians. Read more here.
An Interview with the Holy Father
Pope Francis, in a lengthy interview conducted by Antonio Spadaro, S.J. of La Civiltà Cattolica, which took place over three meetings this past August, and which was simultaneously published by several influential Jesuit magazines around the globe so as to provide the world’s Catholics the content of the interview in each of the world’s major languages, has revealed a welcome change in tone regarding the Church’s ministry as it pertains to gays and lesbians. The interview provides much insight into our Pontiff’s personality, thinking, and theology. The editors of America, who provided the English translation, titled the interview “A Big Heart Open to God,” which seems fitting. We teased you with several, short excerpts from the interview in our October e-newsletter—but it’s worth reading in its entirety here.