News & Notes

Download the full October News & Notes newsletter to make sure you have all the latest news and notes regarding LGBT Catholics Westminster. 

The LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered Catholics, parents, families and friends to Masses on 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month.

LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council Members & Liaison Responsibilities: 
Brian  Armstrong (Refreshments Rota), Neil Cocking (Secretary & Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Contact), Trish Fowlie (Parents Liaison), 
(Trans Liaison currently VACANT ), David Hothersall (Website), Godfrey Kawalya, Robert Kirabira, Sarah Kelsall (Treasurer), Sherwyn Sicat (Chair), Joe Stanley (Co-Chair).       


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 *** Walk with me –  New Date - Saturday 4  November 2017 - A day workshop for Catholic family members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people ***

Please click here for further information and registration details




                > STOP PRESS  ****** PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO READ AND CONSIDER SIGNING THIS PETITION ******

Godfrey Kawalya is a long standing member of the LGBT Catholics Westminster community and truly needs and deserves every support we can give - thank you - please share as well

Thank you to New Ways Ministry for publicising the petition in this Article

              *** Wishing to reconnect with your faith in a supportive and welcoming environment?

Landings London is a lay led support group for Catholics wanting to reconnect with their faith. Landings is "a safe place to land”, a place where your voice will be heard, and for reconnecting with your faith. Regular sessions take place at Farm Street Church. There are four Information sessions coming up soon:

26th and 27th April 
3rd and 4th May

from 6.30pm till 8.00pm.

The 8 week course begins on Wednesday 10th May and finishes on 28th June. Just turn up at 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH for one of the information sessions. Nearest tube: Bond St or Green Park. Or visit the Landings page.

Resources for LGBT Catholics 

Resources and useful information from Catholic Bishops of England & Wales resources for accompanying and welcoming LGBT Catholics can be found here

Please see also the Guidelines for the pastoral care of lesbian and gay people from the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales. This is a carefully thought through document that is less well known than it should and can be found here 



As many of you are aware, the new encyclical Amoris Laetitia is now published. There are many responses to it and a few are shown here:

From The Tablet & The Guardian - check out www.lgbtcatholicswestminster.org for other links




Global Network of Rainbow Catholics - Please see the link in the sidebar

We have recently been contacted by an LGBT Activist in Nigeria who publishes a podcast on a regular basis. He can use our prayers, and support this activity and to draw attention to the plight of LGBT people in Nigeria and a lot of African countries. 



Membership of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups

The LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, mandated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols to provide pastoral support for LGBT Catholics, parents and families, was welcomed into membership of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups on 23 May 2015. The event took place during the European Forum's Annual Conference, held at Merville, France, over Whit-weekend, and attended by some 250 people.

 

The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups is an ecumenical network of some 47 groups throughout Europe, including fast- developing activity in Eastern Europe. The 2nd Catholic pre-conference in the Forum's history was held ahead of the main conference, reflecting the explosion of  LGBT support activity in the Church in various European countries.

 

The Catholic Co-President of the European Forum - Michael Brinkschroeder from Munich, Germany - announced the launch of the Global LGBT Catholic Network. This will take place at a foundational meeting, LGBT Voices to the Synod, to be held in Rome from 1-4 October 2015, the opening weekend of the Catholic Bishops Synod on Marriage & Family, convened by Pope Francis. 12 Catholic LGBT- related groups from Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, and the USA ,have worked together to initiate this new alliance of LGBT Catholics, their parents, friends, and allies. Further information will be available shortly from the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council.

 

Further details:

European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups: www.euroforumlgbtchristians.eu

Martin Pendergast - lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com

020 8986 0807

Michael Brinkschroeder - michael.brinkschroeder@web.de 

+4915778814399



Survey 2014 results
Here is a link to the recent Survey carried out amongst members of our community


You can also check out LGBT Catholics Westminster on Facebook (LGBT Catholics, their families and friends). 


If you wish to receive the latest information updates by e-mail, please send an email to lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com




Forthcoming Events



Other masses atThe Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm st

Sundays: 6pm (Sat), 8am, 9.30am (Family Mass), 11am (Sung Latin), 12.30pm, 5.30pm

Weekdays and Holy days of Obligation: 8am, 1.05pm, 6pm

Saturdays: 8am ; 6pm (First Mass of Sunday)

     

Public Holidays: 1.05pm (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 12:30pm)


LATEST Press Statement issued on behalf of the SMPC

THE SOHO MASSES  ARE PART  OF  WESTMINSTER  DIOCESE’S   PASTORAL  PROVISION  FOR LGBT  CATHOLICS,  PARENTS  &  FAMILIES - refreshments follow each Mass.








ROME PILGRIMAGE?  Ever thought about an LGBT-friendly pilgrimage to Rome? The London-based LGBT Catholics Westminster is considering a pilgrimage to Rome in February 2017 Please see the latest News & Notes for information.


Soho Masses Bookstall - If It Wasn't Love: Sex, Death and God, Bernard Lynch tells a story of many people's stories; here for the first time is a truth birthed from fear and oppression and redeemed by love.
- Silence Speaks. Robert Nugent SDS tells the story of 4 towering 20th Century Church figures: Teilhard de Chardin SJ, Yves Congar OP, John Courtney Murray SJ, & Thomas Merton OCSO. Orders can be taken for Jesus: An Historical Approximation, Jose Antonio Pagola - See Mark Dowd’s recent Tablet interview with the author.


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