Comunidad 

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

Our February Meeting: La Maschera

Mario Lanza as Canio the clown

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 p.m., Fr. Gerald Meisel Hall, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach

In the opera Pagliacci (The Clowns), Canio, the clown, must put on his clown mask and play a clown despite his painful existence. He must convince himself of his role; he must make the audience laugh. Masking is a process in which we change or “mask” our natural personality to conform to social pressures, abuse, and/or harassment. We may not even be conscious of wearing the mask or the image we are projecting.

Comunidad will meet in the Father Gerald Meisel Parish Hall on Tuesday, February 6th at 7 PM for our pre-Lent meeting. We will have an interactive discussion of the psychological masks we wear. There will also be a display of Mardi Gras masks representing celebrations from Venice and New Orleans. The meeting will be followed by an Italian meal. All are welcome

A Catholic Priest in Wisconsin Reveals a Secret: ‘I Am Gay’

By Christine Hauser
The New York Times

Rev. Gregory Greiten of St. Bernadette Parish in Milwaukee.

For as long as he could remember, Father Gregory Greiten, a Roman Catholic priest in Wisconsin, lived with an oppressive secret.

As a seminary student, he was told that speaking about his secret would get him expelled. As a priest, he was told it could hurt his ministry. More

The Religious Education Congress

The Religious Education is being held March 15 (Youth Day) & March 16-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Congress offers workshops in evangelization, liturgy, theology, Scripture, spirituality, morality, parish leadership, detention ministry, peace and justice. Fr. Chris Bazyourous, director of the Congress, urges: "Come and hear the voice of Jesus calling to you to a more abundant life through the many conferences liturgies entertainment and resources that are offered throughout the weekend. Come and be replenished deep in your spirit and be challenged to live as a disciple fully alive in Christ."

The following workshops discuss LGBT issues:

Workshop Date/Time Presenter(s)
Transgender in Our Schools: One Bread, One Body Friday, March 16 - 1:00-2:00 pm Arthur Fitzmaurice, PhD
Building a Bridge: Bringing Together LGBT Catholics and the Church Saturday, March 17 - 1:00-2:30 pm James Martin, SJ
The People of God Living with HIV/AIDS Saturday, March 17 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm Elizabeth Crabb Breen, Phd
Fr. Chris Ponnet
Teaching Mercy: Accompanying LGBT Students Sunday, March 18 - 10:00 - 11:30 pm Arthur Fitzmaurice, PhD
Fr. Chris Ponnet

We’ve got other upcoming events, too!