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.
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.
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 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.
Some of our member parishes participate in different Pride events around the tristate area. These events are not sponsored by the Interparish Collaborative.