On Tuesday, January 29, approximately 250 people attended Welcoming the Stranger: An Evening with Kevin Tuerff at St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. Mr. Tuerff, author of Channel of Peace - his story of being grounded in a small Canadian town with thousands of other airline passengers on 9/11 - discussed his book, his present work for refugees, and Come From Away, the Broadway musical inspired by the events in his book. The Choir of St. Ignatius sang selections from the show, and a representative of Catholic Charities was present to discuss their work with refugees. The event was a joint presentation by the St. Ignatius Loyola Music Ministry, LGBT Catholic and Friends, and Ignatian Social Justice.
Approximately 40 parishioners joined with members of the LGBT group to view "Saint of 9/11. There was a fundraiser for local LGBT youth groups and a chance for people to share their recollections of Fr Mychal Judge, OFM.
On December 7, 2018, St. Ignatius on the Upper East Side held its first Mass of Welcome for the LGBT Community
On July 7, 2019, nearly three dozen parishioners from around New Jersey gathered to thank Fr. Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R. for his work in building welcoming and affirming parishes. Fr. Francis will be moving from Brooklyn to Washington, DC in the near future. We wish him well...always in our prayers!
(Pictured here is Fr. Francis at the historic Mass in the cathedral basilica in Newark in May, 2017.)
On May 4th, LGBT Catholics & Friends hosted their second annual Amazing Race scavenger hunt for the parish of St. Ignatius Loyola. This year ministry members teamed up with parishioners of all ages in a wild race to find clues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The local Gannett newspapers in NJ ran a profile of In God's Image, the LGBT faith-sharing group at Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield. Check out the extensive article here.
On October 4, 2018, approximately thirty representatives of NJ and PA parishes met with Fr James Martin, SJ to learn about his recent talk at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.
On Friday, April 26, 2019 LGBT Catholics & Friends of St. Ignatius Loyola presented Transgender and Catholic: A Journey of Faith.
Full of Grace: Journeys of LGBT Catholics is a docudrama that explores the intersection of faith and sexual identity through the first person accounts of LGBT Catholics. The play is composed entirely of interviews from over 30 individuals including clergy, religious and lay people spanning in age from 19-85 from across the United States. The play explore themes such as inclusion and exclusion, self-acceptance and shame, integrity, family, relationships, and marriage as well as individual experiences of God and Church. These are the untold stories of disciples seeking a place at the table and the fullness of life to which God calls them. For more information on Full of Grace, check out their website.
Nearly 50 people participated in the annual Spring retreat at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, NJ in April, 2019. Fr. Francis Gargani, CSsR let the afternoon of reflection which culminated with Mass followed by an informal meal of pizza.
Check out the gift wrapping at St Francis Xavier on 16th Street in NYC in December, 2017
20 people joined together in prayer at a Taize service sponsored by All One Family at St Joseph Parish in Danville, PA in March, 2019. Afterward, parishioners joined together for a social and welcomed new members to their group as well.
Fifty people from around the tristate area gathered at the Bishop Molloy Retreat House in Queens on October 27, 2018 to hear Dr Richard Gaillardetz speak both as a theologian and as the father of a gay son.
Some of the members of St Anthony of Padua group in Butler, NJ gathered for a Valentine's Day celebration after the Saturday evening Mass on February 18, 2019.
St Francis de Sales hosted their 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Comedy Night, sponsored by the LGBT Group. An amazing night of laughter, food and reflection - we raised over $200 for Catholic Relief Services. It was a wondering way to begin our Lenten journey and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year!
At Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield, NJ, the parish remembered trans people murdered on Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20, 2018
St Ignatius held a weekend retreat entitled "Catholics in Action" on March 22-24 at the Jogues Retreat House in Cornwall on Hudson. The retreat focused on social justice and activism and was co-sponsored by LGBT Catholics & Friends and Ignatian Social Justice.
St Augustine's in Park Slope, Brooklyn, has marked World AIDS Day on December 1 each year by tying red ribbons to the fence outside the church. You can read more about this even in 2018 in the diocesan newspaper, "The Tablet" here.
On July 7, 2018, a group from several different parishes gathered in Philadelphia to explore three colonial era Catholic parishes: Old St Joe's, St Augustine's and St Peter's/ Shrine of St John Neumann. The day explored the history of the parishes and was a chance to bring LGBT Catholics and their families together from seven dioceses in three states.
In October, 2018, sixteen members of "All One Family" in Danville, PA gathered to watch the talk given by Fr James Martin SJ at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland.
Shown below are some past events in our member parishes. These events are not sponsored directly by the Interparish Collaborative.
St. Patrick St. Anthony members of the Open Hearts LGBT ministry in Hartford, CT prepared and served a meal at the local men's shelter run out of what used to be the Immaculate Conception parish church.
Also in Hartford, in May 2017, over forty people celebrated another successful year with a year-end indoor picnic
On February 27, 2019, JR Zerkowski of Fortunate Families spoke at St Ignatius Church on Park Avenue, NYC.