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

Our 18th Annual Ecumenical BBQ

Sunday, September 19, 12:00 p.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 come by, say "Hi" to Jim and Steven and Bacon! Our hosts will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks—feel free to bring something other than an entrée to share. Spouses, significant others and children are welcome. Our address is 720 April Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Please call or text Steven by September 14 at 714.536.5172 to RSVP and get directions.

Our Leader Marilyn Has Transitioned

It is with a great sadness that Comunidad must announce that our leader Marilyn Pires, the longtime chairperson of Comunidad, has transitioned from life to death. Marilyn entered peacefully in rest in San Leandro, California on August 29, 2021. Marilyn is survived by her longtime partner and wife Chriss Lassen. In our July newsletter the contributions Marilyn made to society as nurse specialist, to St. Matthew’s Church and to the LGBTQ are elaborated.

Marilyn’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday September 18th at 12:30 pm at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. St. Matthew is located at 672 Temple Ave. Long Beach, CA 90814.

Let us conclude with the Prayer of St. Ignatius of Antioch:

“Receive in tranquility and peace, O Lord, the souls of your servants who have departed this present life to come to you. Grant them rest and place them in the habitations of light, the abodes of blessed spirits. Give them the life that will not age, good things that will not pass away, delights that have no end, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Mark your Calendar

As we look forward to the remainder of our year, here are a few things we have planned:

  • October 5- possibly a remembrance themed event for Matthew Shepard
  • November 2- All Souls/All Saints theme
  • December 7- Celebrating Christmas

We’ve got other upcoming events, too!