News & Notes

Download the full September 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: 
The following are elected members of the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council 2017-18 : Matthew Grech-Sollars (Secretary), David Hothersall (Website), Kirk Jacob, Godfrey Kawalya, Robert Kirabira, Peter Liska (Pride Liaison), Sarah Kelsall (Treasurer), Katie McLaughlin, Martin Pendergast (Communications & Media), Ben Smith (Chairperson & Trans Liaison) Joe Stanley (Co-Chair), Peter Hart (Refreshments co-option).

*** NEWS UPDATE - LGBT+ CATHOLICS WESTMINSTER PRESENT AT WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES ***

Even though the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) was excluded from the World

Meeting of Families in Dublin, 21-26 August 2018, LGBT+ Catholics Westminster had a

presence. Various members of the GNRC were there in other capacities. The Deacon at

the WMF Congress Closing Mass was the father of a trans daughter and a family involved

in Dublin’s All Are Welcome Masses was among those bringing up the gifts at Pope

Francis’ Phoenix Park Mass on 26 August.


We were delighted that our Farm Street experience was held up as an example of good

pastoral practice in the WMF Official Programme. Even though it appeared to be a lastminute

inclusion as well as a late change of location, the Wednesday evening presentation

about LGBT+ Catholics Westminster attracted over 50 people. Fr. James Martin SJ's

speech, see below, attracted over 1000 people! Our Chairperson, Ben, made this

response: "LGBT+ Catholics Westminster are delighted that representatives from our

community, Nick O'Shea and Sherwyn Sicat, with Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, superior of the

Jesuit Community at Farm Street Church of the Immaculate Conception, are attending the

World Meeting of Families in Dublin to speak about "how LGBT+ Westminster community

were welcomed to Farm Street parish, and have since contributed to the liturgical,

spiritual and pastoral life of the Church." We hope that the story of our journey together

will inspire other parishes to reach out to LGBT+ Catholics, and we look forward to many

more years of fruitful work with Farm Street and the Westminster diocese."


Here are a series of links to read more: 

https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Programme/Congress/Wednesday-Programme/Evening-Presentation-3-(1)

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/activists-urge-catholic-church-to-change-tack-on-lgbtissues-

37241982.html

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/08/23/father-james-martin-how-parishes-can-welcome-lgbt-catholics

https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/grace-margins/chasing-rainbows-world-meeting-families

https://www.newwaysministry.org/2018/08/26/lgbt-voices-on-world-meeting-of-families/

https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/35520



** Memorial Service for Brian Armstrong - Thursday 17 May **

Thank you to all who came to the memorial service for Brian, a much loved member of our community and also to all at the Mildmay Mission Hospital, Sr. Bernie and to all our community who helped organize such a warm-spirited memorial. 

May you rest in peace, Brian. 


** "Towards the Youth Synod! Do Christian churches have the will and the ability to welcome LGBT+ youth?" Please see the press release issued by the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, following on from the recent conference which explored the concept of inclusive pastoral care for young LGBT+ people, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church.**


BUILDING A BRIDGE by the well known American author, Fr. James Martin SJ, explores how the Catholic Church and the LGBT+ community " can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity. We will begin monthly, Thursday-evening reflection/discussion sessions using the 2nd half of the book, 18.30-20.30, beginning THURSDAY,  22 FEBRUARY  2018 in the Farm Street Parish Hall 


** Brian Armstrong's funeral Mass **

A large congregation gathered at Farm Street Jesuit Church, London, for the Funeral Mass of Brian Armstrong (1944-2018) on 16 February, a well loved and strong supporter of our community. Please find attached the tributes and homily given on this occasion. RIP Brian. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID AND WILL KEEP DOING!


** On 4 December World AIDS Mass was celebrated at Farm St Church. It was a moving occasion to share and be supported together as a community and thank you to all who attended. Please take a look at this moving dance prayer performed after communion and the homily by Fr Dave Stewart SJ here. **

*** News Alert *** Please see the new resource launched by Positive Faith on YouTubePositive Faith is a Christianity and HIV resource in development for use by people living with HIV, churches and faith communities, health and social care professionals and schools ***


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

Please click here for further information 




                > 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. Please take a look at 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


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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.






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.


Links of interest