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

A Message from the Comunidad Steering Committee

Church Service with Empty Pews

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we enter another month of “social distancing” the Steering Committee Members of Comunidad want to remind you that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we request that you include our ministry in your prayers as well. It saddens us to announce that our annual “Cinco de Mayo” event on May 5th will be cancelled. We will look at hosting a similar event in September to commemorate Mexican Independence Day.

As we attempt to navigate this “new normal”, we would appreciate your feedback on what your needs are and how this ministry can be of spiritual service to you. Some individuals have commented that having virtual gatherings (Masses, prayer groups, group chat groups, etc.,) are unfulfilling and make them feel more disconnected; others have commented that they find them to be deeply enriching and satisfying. As Comunidad plans the next few months of activities we would like to know what your thoughts are and how we can be of service to you and how you feel. Examples may include: nothing at all-my spiritual needs are being taken care of; please reach out to me by phone to help me feel connected; please include my spiritual intention(s) of ____________in your prayers; please create a weekly rosary/prayer group; lets create a virtual spiritual reading group; or let’s just have a “virtual” coffee meeting after Mass each week to talk. The options are truly endless.

The next item our group has been struggling with is what our June 7th Pride Mass should look like, live, virtual and none at this time. It was decided that even if “social distancing” requirements are relaxed, it would not be prudent to have a live Mass the first part of June and expose individuals to possible health risks. Our question to you: Should we have a virtual Mass, like through Facebook live, or just cancel this event until it is safe to physically gather as a group?

Please take a few moments to email us at and share your thoughts on what would be spiritually helpful for you during these challenging times. We appreciate your feedback, support and continued prayers.

God Bless

We’ve got other upcoming events, too!