St. Paul Catholic Newman Center has received the full support of Most Rev. Armando Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno for the formation of a LGBT Catholic Ministry.
LGBTQ Persons ONLY
Believing that the sacrament of baptism empowers all persons to live a full, Catholic Christian life, in union with all members of the Church, the LGBTQ Catholic Ministry at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center seeks to provide a safe and welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons to serve their needs through outreach, education, fellowship, and support; and to enable them to participate fully in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church and parish life. Our ministry envisions creating an environment of acceptance where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons are able to be open about their identity, and where their human dignity is affirmed and experienced through pastoral support for the integration of their spirituality with their sexuality as beloved children of God and as members of Christ’s mystical body – the Church.
We also seek to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the parents, families, and friends of LGBTQ persons that is sensitive to their needs so that they too can receive support and encouragement to remain connected to each other and the Church.
- Takes its inspiration from the Gospel of Jesus Christ;
- Is shaped by Church teachings and pastoral practice;
- Incorporates the knowledge and insights of the social, biological, and psychological sciences;
- Listens, ponders, and prays together over the lived experiences of those to whom we minister.
- Calls all concerned Catholics and all people of good will to know and share in the challenges, burdens, and blessings of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons striving to live a Christian life within the Catholic tradition.
- Chooses to follow a prudent course, accepting people where they are in their discipleship journey with Jesus Christ, their membership in the Church, and challenging them to live out fully the call of Christ and the teachings of the Church.
- Supports movements for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons that are consonant with Church teaching, especially those which safeguard human dignity and promotes human rights.
- Joins with the Church in condemning any treatment in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons are the object of violent malice in speech, action, and law, wherever it occurs.
“Dear brothers, as we look to Jesus and our Mother Mary, I urge you to serve the Church in such a way that Christians - edified by our witness - will not be tempted to turn to Jesus without turning to the outcast, to become a closed caste with nothing authentically ecclesial about it. I urge you to serve Jesus crucified in every person who is marginalized, for whatever reason; to see the Lord in every excluded person who is hungry, thirsty, naked; to see the Lord present even in those who have lost their faith, or turned away from the practice of their faith; to see the Lord who is imprisoned, sick, unemployed, persecuted; to see the Lord in the leper – whether in body or soul - who encounters discrimination! We will not find the Lord unless we truly accept the marginalized! May we always have before us the image of Saint Francis, who was unafraid to embrace the leper and to accept every kind of outcast. Truly the Gospel of the marginalized is where our credibility is found and revealed!” - (Homily by Pope Francis – Feb. 15, 2015 Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time to the College of Cardinals)
LGBTQ CATHOLIC MINISTRY
May this group be a true spiritual home of hospitality for the seeker, a friendly place for the lonely, a guidepost for the confused and the questioning.
May those who gather here and pray together be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to serve all who come to us. May we receive and welcome everyone as if they were Jesus himself. In this place may all the suffering, violence, and confusion of the world encounter the transformative power of Christ that will console, renew, uplift, and heal the human spirit.
May the Holy Spirit open the hearts and minds of everyone to the vision of God and to the image of God within each of us, in love and peace, in justice and human dignity. May the beauty of God’s Divine Presence fill the hearts of all who gather and pray here with joyful hope and anticipation of God’s free gift of grace.
May all who come here weighed down by the problems of humanity, leave, giving thanks for the wonder of human life in the beauty of its diversity.
We pray in the name of our loving Savior, Jesus.