On May 21, 2017 two member parishes, Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach, NJ and Church of the Sacred Heart, South Plainfield, NJ sponsored a LGBT pilgrimage to Newark's Cathedal Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the largest French Gothic cathedral in the United States. This event was not sponsored by the IPC but individuals from several of our member-parishes did attend.
Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, welcomed the pilgrims. Fr. Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R., assisted by a deacon of the Archdiocese, presided in the presence of Bishop Cruz, rector of the cathedral. Several priests from various orders and dioceses concelebrated as well. Before bestowing his final blessing, Bishop Cruz spoke of his favorite view of the basilica is when the doors are open wide to welcome all to the love of God.
After the Mass and a tour of the basilica, many pilgrims from all over the metropolitan area moved to a Newark Portuguese restaurant to share a meal and good conversation.
LGBT Pilgrimage to the
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
in Newark, NJ on May 21, 2017
An overview of the day and LGBT issues in the Catholic Church was reported in the New York Times on June 13, 2017