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What will you find here?…
This webpage was created during the Year of Mercy [2015-2016] with two main purposes in mind. The first purpose is to gather in one place multiple resources for LGBT Catholics and for Parents of LGBT Catholics who want to start a ministry. The second purpose is to build bridges with Catholics of good will because there is a great need for resources that can help us understand how we can minister to and with LGBT Catholics. Our hope is that the resources you find here may help you understand how YOU (as a youth minister, Eucharistic minister, choir director, prayer group leader, parent, priest, nun, or LGBT Catholic) can engage in respectful dialogue with others; understand how we can all respond to Pope Francis’ call for pastoral care for LGBT Catholics and their families; and how we can engage with the LGBT Catholics that are already sitting in the pews every Sunday and who are already serving in our ministries, those we minister to and those that minister to us.
One of the most important sections in this page is the Resource Section where you can find a variety of Articles, Church sources as well as other official (lay) sources, materials made by existing ministries, and books. Other sections also include “Prayers and Liturgical Songs” as well as a section with commentary on basic principles of Church Doctrine as well as Guidelines for Pastoral Care.
What this webpage is NOT about
This webpage is not a discussion about marriage equality (even though we sometimes address Church Doctrine on Chastity as well as Pastoral Sensitivity to people in committed same-sex relationships. Any comments as to this topic are pastoral commentary only). This webpage is not about civil marriage. It is about Pastoral Care and Practical Guidelines for Ministry with all LGBT Catholics.
We invite you to journey through this webpage and videos with a prayerful spirit, a spirit of discernment. So let us pray.
LET US PRAY…
Dear God, help us put all our thoughts and doubts, biases and viewpoints, into your hands, so that we may be able to take whatever we learn today and put it into our heart. Please help us discern the best way we can do ministry with LGBT Catholics.