At Bishop Molloy Retreat House in Queens, about 20 teens and young adults from a gay pride center on Long Island came together for a day of reflection. Two young social workers from the center, the Youth Minister and retreat house staff collaborated in leading a very well received program. Bishop Molloy hopes to repeat the program again, perhaps in the summer.
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
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!
A recap from Fr. Duffell, pastor of Blessed Sacrament in NYC about the dance party in June 2017:
You should have seen the lower hall last Saturday evening as many of us came together in support of the poor and vulnerable. I want to thank the Gay Fellowship and all who participated in Moving With The Spirit, which raised $25,855.56for the parish’s outreach to the poor. Not only was I amazed at the show of support by all who came and all our sponsors, but also at the potential of the Hall to serve so many wonderful purposes. The poor box is truly an extraordinary reality that serves the needs of many within and outside our parish. As always, many people today find themselves in difficulty and come seeking assistance with food, transportation and other costs of living. It is not always easy to discern who and how we can help at any given moment, but the challenge of the Gospel is real and guides our administration of this fund. While we provide immediate help and assistance, we also work to connect people with existing agencies such as Catholic Charities, that can better assist and journey with them.
Shown below are some past events in our member parishes. These events are not sponsored directly by the Interparish Collaborative.
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.
The memorial marker for the plantings done by In God's Image at the Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield, NJ was put in place in early January, 2017. The story of the marker and the group was published on the Diocese of Metuchen Facebook page as well.
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.
Some of our NJ parishes took part in the NJ Trans Youth forum in New Brunswick, NJ in April 2018. Great time, engaging with the youth of NJ and their families. All about accompanying and engaging!
Check out the gift wrapping at St Francis Xavier on 16th Street in NYC in December, 2017
On March 18, 2018, approximately forty participants gathered at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch to share their faith and fellowship. Fr. Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R. led the Lenten afternoon of reflection.