Outreach

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.

Welcoming Parishes

The following parish communities extend an especially welcoming and affirming attitude toward their gay and lesbian members.

Beverly Hills

Church of the Good Shepherd
goodshepherdbh.org
505 N Bedford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 285-5425

Diamond Bar

St. Denis
stdenis.org
2151 S Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
(909) 861-7106

Hawthorne

St.Joseph
stjoseph-haw.org
11901 W 119th St, Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 679-1139

La Canada-Flintridge

St. Bede the Venerable
bede.org
215 Foothill Blvd, La Canada-Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4300

La Puente-Valinda

St. Martha
stmarthaval.org
444 N. Azusa Ave, Valinda, CA 91744
(626) 964-4313

Long Beach

St. Matthew [Active Ministry]
comunidadlb.org + stmatthewlb.org
672 Temple Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 439-0931

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.

Los Angeles

Christ the King [Mid-Wishire/Hancock Park]
ctkla.org
624 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 465-7605

St. Agatha [West Adams]
stagathas.org
2646 S Mansfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 935-8127

St. Paul the Apostle [Westwood]
sp-apostle.org
1536 Selby Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 474-1588

Our Mother of Good Counsel [Los Feliz]
omogc.org
2060 North Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 664-2111

Blessed Sacrament [Hollywood] [Active Ministry]
blessedsacramenthollywood.org
6657 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-6311

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.

St. Camillus [Lincoln Heights]
stcamilluscenter.org
1911 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 225-4461

North Hollywood

St Jane Frances de Chantal
stjfdchantalparish.org
12930 Hamlin St, North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 985-8600

St. Patrick
6153 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 752-3240

Pasadena-South Pasadena

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
abvmpasadena.org
2640 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 792-1343

Holy Family
holyfamily.org
1527 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-89080

San Dimas

Holy Name of Mary
hnmparish.org
724 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 599-3114

San Fernando

St. Rose of Lima
santarosacatholicchurch.org
668 S Workman St, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 361-4617

Santa Barbara

Our Lady of Guadalupe
227 N. Nopal St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 965-4060

Santa Monica

St. Monica [Active Ministry]
stmonica.net
725 California Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 566-1500

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.

West Hollywood

St. Ambrose
st-ambrose.com
1281 N. Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-4433

St. Victor
saintvictor.org
8634 Holloway Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-6477

Whittier

St. Mary of the Assumption
st-maryschurch.org
7215 Newlin Ave, Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 698-0107

Parent Support Groups

Diamond Bar

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.

La Canada-Flintridge

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

Santa Barbara

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.

Spiritual Advisors

Beverly Hills

Fr. Tom Welbers (310) 285-5425

Glendale + Vernon (Deaf/Hearing Impaired)

Fr. Tom Schweitzer (323) 587-0397 [TDD]

Los Angeles

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

South Bay

Fr. Mike Grieco (310) 833-0703

South Pasadena

Cambria Tortorelli (626) 403-6110

West Hollywood

Fr. Brian Doran (323) 656-4433

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