Here we offer three types of outreach resources: welcoming parishes, some of which host active lesbian and gay ministries; parent support groups; and spiritual advisors, who may be contacted for one-on-one counseling and advisement. If you wish to have this information in a convenient printable form, please download our two-page Welcoming Communities document.
The following parish communities extend an especially welcoming and affirming attitude toward their gay and lesbian members.
Since 1986 St. Matthew’s Parish has been blessed with a vibrant and welcoming outreach to lesbian and gay Catholics, which is called Comunidad. Our all-volunteer steering committee, whose members serve a one-year term, plans, with help from our general membership, interesting topical meetings and coordinates Comunidad’s other activities, which include food and monetary donations to those in need at Christmastime, support of the Long Beach AIDS walk, representaion at the Long Beach Pride festival, and an annual spiritual retreat that takes place in the fall. We also maintain regular contact and coordinate activities with similar ministries at other Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese, with other nearby churches of other faiths, and with regional and national coordinating organizations such as CMLGP and CALGM, Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry. Comunidad meets the first Tuesday of January and February, April and May, September, and November and December in the Fr. Gerald Meisel Parish Hall on the grounds of St. Matthew’s Church at 7:00 p.m. During other months of the year one or more events are often held, but they are not always on the first Tuesday of the month or held at the parish. The date, time, and location of all events, are always posted in advance on the Comunidad web site or in Comunidad’s monthly eNewsletter.
Our ministry welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons; fosters their call to discipleship; and encourages them to gather around the table of the Lord with the diverse community of Blessed Sacrament. The ministry includes a newly-formed outreach to parents with lesbian and gay children.
6153 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Our Lady of Guadalupe
227 N. Nopal St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
We are a fellowship where gay and lesbian people of faith are welcomed to explore their spirituality and share their experience, strength, and hope with one another. We attempt to fulfill our mission by providing a safe place for spiritual events such as evensong and retreats; educational activities such as speaker nights and open forums; social activities such as after-Mass meet & greets and bowling nights; and outreach to the larger parish and Archdiocesan communities. We meets on each second Sunday (except in July and August) following the 5:30 p.m. Mass and hosts Evening Prayer with a potluck the third Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Parent Support Groups
English: Jenny Naughton (909) 896-8362 ; Spanish: Javier y Martha Plascencia (909) 860-5950
We are support group for parents and loved ones of Lesbian and Gay people, based on the Always Our Children document written by The Bishop’s Committee on Marriage and Family. We come together in a safe and confidential environment in which to share our experiences as parents and friends of lesbian and gay children in a Catholic context on the last Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. | Somos un grupo de apoyo para los padres de un hijo/hija adolescente o adulto, homosexual. Nuestras juntas son el ultimo jueves del mes en nuestra casa.
Lynda and Dave Hennon (818) 399-6125 or (818) 790-9838
Long Beach + South Bay
Carolyn and Robert Aldapa (310) 835-1481
Pasadena + South Pasadena
Mary or Caroline (626) 792-1343
Joe and Kathie Schneider (805) 687-4338
We are a support group for Catholic parents of gay & lesbian children. We talk about our hopes and fears and how to best support our children.
Fr. Tom Welbers (310) 285-5425
Glendale + Vernon (Deaf/Hearing Impaired)
Fr. Tom Schweitzer (323) 587-0397 [TDD]
Sr. Pat Krommer, CSJ (323) 732-2092 ; Fr. Chris Ponnet (323) 225-4461 x 221 ; Chaplain Manuel Torres (Spanish/English) (323) 225-4461 x 124
Fr. Mike Grieco (310) 833-0703
Cambria Tortorelli (626) 403-6110
Fr. Brian Doran (323) 656-4433