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Why create this page?…
This webpage was created during the Year of Mercy because there is a great need for resources that can help us understand how we can do ministry with LGBT Catholics; understand how YOU as a youth minister, Eucharistic minister, choir director, prayer group leader, parent, or LGBT Catholic , can engage in respectful dialogue with others; 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.
To give you some background information about myself, I have been involved in young adult ministry for more than 10 years. As a volunteer with the Archdiocesan Young Adult Ministry in Spanish (Pastoral Juvenil de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles) I have coordinated religious formation programs for young adults in Spanish. More recently, I got involved with Always Our Children, a Catholic support group for parents and family of LGBT Catholics, and I’m a volunteer in LGBT Ministry (although this webpage is a project that I’m doing completely on my own, in an effort to help build bridges in ministry to LGBT Catholics).
The videos and/or content shown here in no way replace Archdiocesan Religious Formation BUT it is my hope and dream that it can be a “kickstarter” and a motivation for all people doing ministry to learn more about this topic and take Archdiocesan Religious Formation.
What this webpage is NOT about
This webpage is not a discussion about marriage equality (even though we will address Church Doctrine on Chastity as well as Pastoral Sensitivity to people in committed same-sex relationships). This webpage is not about civil marriage. It is about Pastoral Care and Practical Guidelines for Ministry with all LGBT Catholics. Three main topics will be addressed: Basics of Church Doctrine, Myths and Realities of the LGBT Community, and Guidelines for Pastoral Care.
I 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.