St. Matthew Parish LGBT Outreach Ministry
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.