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Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons

The Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons, formerly called the Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics, was called into existence during a sermon given in February, 1986 by Archbishop Roger Mahony, then in office only a few months, who called for lesbians and gays to join together, supporting each other on their faith journey. Our mission: We believe that baptism empowers all persons to live a full, Catholic life in union with all members of the Church. We provide a safe and welcoming environment for lesbian and gay persons, their friends and family, through liturgy, outreach, education, and fellowship.

15 September 2014 0 Comments

CMLGP will be presenting at all five Los Angeles Archdiocese Regional Congresses this Fall


CMLGP will be presenting at all five Los Angeles Archdiocese Regional Congresses this Fall on the topic of ministering to parents of LGBT youth, explaining Church teachings, and providing pastoral advice to ministers and catechists. Our presentation will also include an important segment on suicide awareness and prevention with content from The Trevor Project.

San Fernando Region:
Saturday, September 20, Bishop Alemany High School, Mission Hills
(English & Spanish)

San Pedro Region:
Saturday, September 27, St Joseph High School, Lakewood
(English & Spanish, 10:00 a.m.)

Santa Barbara Region:
Saturday, October 11, Bishop Diego High School, Santa Barbara
(English & Spanish, 10:15 a.m.)

San Gabriel Region:
Saturday, October 18, Bishop Amat High School, La Puente
(English only 2:00 p.m.)

Our Lady of the Angels Region:
Saturday, October 25, St. Mary’s Academy, Inglewood
(English & Spanish, 9:15 p.m.)

12 June 2014 0 Comments

Comunidad, Lesbian and Gay Ministry at St. Matthew Church in Long Beach, invites all to their annual Pride Mass


Saint Matthew’s Church in Long Beach invites all to their annual Pride Mass that has, for the past several years, taken place each June—this year on Sunday, June 29th. Mass will be held in the church sanctuary at 3:00 p.m., and will be followed with a reception in the parish hall, which will include food, drinks, and an opportunity to celebrate their 28 years together as a community that openly and happily includes all of God’s people, gay and straight alike.

For more, visit their web site. Saint Matthew Church is located at:

672 Temple Ave
Long Beach, CA 90814

A special invitation is extended to all of those persons who stopped by the CMLGP booth at the Los Angeles Pride Festival, which took place June 7 and 8, and the Comunidad booth at the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival, which took place on May 17 and 18. A wonderful, welcoming liturgy is planned for all who wish to attend.

A Note about parking for those who have never been to Saint Matthew Church: There are three entrances to the parking lot, one off Temple Ave. (to the right of the rectory/parish office building, which is just to the right of the church building), and two others off Theresa St (which parallels 7th St.).

3 March 2014 0 Comments

Join us at the 2014 Los Angeles Archdiocese Religious Education Congress in Anaheim: Friday, March 14–Sunday, March 16


You’ll find us at Booth 464 in the exhibition hall from Friday until Sunday
We’re also hosting a wine and cheese reception on Saturday evening! Details are below

It’s that time of year again—The Los Angeles Archdiocese’s annual Religious Education Congress is taking place between Friday, March 14th and Sunday, March 16th at the Anaheim Convention Center. As always, on the Thursday prior (March 13th) “Youth Day” is held for High School students. Friday through Sunday events are open to adults and young adults alike. More than 200 speakers will be presenting over 300 workshops at this year’s Congress, and there will also be lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, films, various liturgies, and the Exhibit Hall, which this year will be home to 489 booths covering all manner of artists and art galleries, music and publishing houses, educational institutions, and Archdiocesan ministries.

The The Archdiocesan Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons (known formerly as the Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics, MLGC) will be there, and we invite you to visit our booth in the exhibition hall, join us at our hosted wine and cheese reception on Saturday evening, and/or attend one of this year’s LGBT-themed presentations.

Here are the details:

Our wine and cheese reception will take place in Suite 1751 of the Anaheim Marriott (one of the hotels that is hosting the convention), 700 Convention Way, from 7:30–9:30 pm on Saturday, March 15th. It’s a perfect time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We hope to see you there!

On the exhibition floor, which is in Convention Center Hall A, you’ll find us in booth 464. Exhibition floor hours on Friday & Saturday are 8:00 am–5:00 pm; On Sunday, the exhibition hall is open from 8:00 am–3:00 pm.

Two LGBT-themed presentations that we’d like to draw your attention to are:

Track 3-04, “Illuminating Church Teachings On Homosexuality” (Friday, 3:00p-4:30p), facilitated by Fr. Chris Ponnet and Arthur Fitzmaurice

Homosexuality is a controversial topic within the Church and in society. Official Church teachings offer a plethora of information for lesbian and gay Catholics and their families, but it’s often misquoted or out of context. This workshop will provide an overview of Church teachings on homosexuality from the Scriptures, Catechism, papal encyclicals and pastoral letters. Attendees can expect to better understand the Church’s three primary teachings on homosexuality: 1) the dignity of the human person; 2) the Church’s opposition to discrimination and harassment; and 3) the call to chastity. Additionally, teachings to help lesbian and gay Catholics participate fully and actively in the Church will be discussed.

Track 5-12, “Gay Catholic? Identifying As Catholic Before Gay” (Saturday, 1:00p-2:30p), facilitated by Arthur Fitzmaurice and a panel of gay and lesbian Catholics

Many people have left the Church, but even more couldn’t ever even consider that. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people offer a model for what it means to identify as Catholic above all else. In this workshop, a panel lead by Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice will share why they are Catholic to the end in light of Church teachings on homosexuality. In fact, we will share how homosexual identity has brought us closer to the Church and affirmed our Catholic identity.

With 487 other presentations—most in English, but quite a few in Spanish and Vietnamese—there is sure to be something for everyone. More about the Congress is available on their web site.

We hope to see you there!