The 2019 Pride season kicked off with New Hope Pride on May 18, 2019, the only interstate Pride event in the whole country. This march begins in Lambertville, NJ, crosses the Delaware River, and ends in New Hope, PA.
Some of our member parishes participate in different Pride events around the tristate area. These events are not necessarily sponsored by the Interparish Collaborative.
At Fordham University on June 26, speakers from around the world spoke of their experience as LGBTQ Catholics.
You may read more about it here on the Fordham University website.
On Sunday, June 24, nearly fifty people gathered at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Turnersville, NJ in the Diocese of Camden to celebrate a Mass of Accompaniment and Inclusion on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. A letter from Bishop Dennis Sullivan was read at the beginning of the Mass. A reception followed in the Parish Hall.
A huge thank-you to Msgr. McGrath for leading us in prayer and for Christine Zuba for organizing the event.
On June 2, led by Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach and Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield, members marched in Jersey Pride in Asbury Park, NJ. Later, they staffed booths to welcome their brothers and sisters to a number of LGBT-welcoming parishes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Sunday, June 23, the Church of St. Francis Xavier in NYC hosted an Inter-Spiritual Pride Service organized by Bob Choiniere and Fr. Dan where a number of faith leaders led us in prayer and spoke on a variety of spiritual themes as they relate to the LGBTQ+ community. During the service the attendees were invited to come forward to place a stone on the altar representing a letting go of forces of oppression in our own lives in exchange for a candle which we lit from the Pride candle to symbolize the new light of being beloved as we are. A stirring rendition of "Let Us Be United" sung by our parish choir concluded the ceremony.
On the eve of World Pride, Fr. James Martin, SJ presided and preached at St Francis of Assisi church in New York City followed by a rooftop cookout
You may watch Fr Martin's homily here.
On World Pride Sunday, June 30, 2019, many member parishes gathered to march to celebrate World Pride as a group. Parishes from NY, CT, NJ and PA were represented.
On June 29 at the 5PM Mass at St. Francis Xavier in NYC, participants in the World Pride March were missioned and the Xavier banner was blessed by their pastor, Fr Dan Carrou, SJ.
On Sunday, June 30, World Pride, Fr Alex Santora at Our Lady of Grace celebrated a Pride Mass and welcomed visitors from all over NJ and PA and NY as well. A reception followed in the Parish Center.
Former Gov. McGreevey and Hoboken Councilman Michael DeFusco joined the congregation in prayer.
To watch this Mass, click onto this YouTube Channel. Fr Santora's homily begins at approx the 20:50 marker.
On June 15, members of the St. Francis Xavier community took a walking tour through Greenwich Village that focused on LGBTQ historical sites and Catholic memorials.