LGBTQIA+ Ministry

Holy Trinity’s commitment to accompany one another in Christ invites us to be more deeply aware of the diversity of our community and more welcoming to those who are marginalized by society or the Church. Our lay-led ministry embraces individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, intersex, asexual and their families and friends.

In Support of Our LGBTQIA+ Community

As pastoral ministers, parish leaders and parishioners at Holy Trinity, we have listened to the pain and frustration — and have experienced our own pain and frustration — caused by last week’s statement regarding the blessing of same-sex unions by the Vatican. This statement opened yet another wound that leaves our LGBTQIA+ parishioners and their families and friends wondering: what is my place in the Church?

Unequivocally, Holy Trinity affirms that LGBTQIA+ individuals have and always will have a valued place in our parish community. We have learned that our community must take steps to ensure the inclusion, voices and perspectives of those our society and Church often push to the margins. In Christ, there are no margins. In Christ, we make up one body, where all matter and all belong.

To our LGBTQIA+ friends, we want to stress that Holy Trinity is enriched by your presence, ministry and leadership. Our parish is honored to baptize your children, accompany you in grief, celebrate your love and grow in holiness with you. This community sees you, values you, and recognizes that you are a gift of God, beautifully and wonderfully made.

Holy Trinity Pastoral Staff
Parish Pastoral Council

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Archbishop Gregory had this to say about LGBTQIA Catholics at a recent Theology on Tap event:

“You belong to the heart of this Church. And there is nothing that you may do, may say, that will ever rip you from the heart of this Church. There is a lot that has been said to you, about you, behind your back, that is painful and is sinful… We have to find a way to talk to one another. And to talk to one another, not just from one perspective, but to talk and to listen to one another. I think that’s the way that Jesus ministered. He engaged people, He took them where they were at, and He invited them to go deeper, closer to God.”

Questions?

Upcoming Meetings 2022

General Meeting: Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 1pm, Neale Room and Zoom
(unless otherwise noted) Register for the Zoom link here.

December 18 (in person only)
January 15
February 19
March 19
April 16
May 21

Discussion Groups

Women's and Marginalized Genders: Thursday, 12/15 at 7pm. Register here.
Men's: Monday, 12/12 at 7pm. Register here.
Families': Sunday, 12/4, 10:15 am, Walsh 392. No registration.
This discussion is open to LGBTQ+ parents as well as parents of LGBTQ+ children

Resources

Outreach: An LGBTQ Catholic Resource

Ignatian Spirituality Resources: scroll down for LGBTQIA+ resources

Articles

Pastoral Care of Transgender Persons Must Emphasize Human Dignity and “Embodied Freedom,” Outreach

Pope: God Does Not Disown His Children, Crux

This Pride Month, Catholic Church shows clear, if subtle, shifts toward LGBTQ welcome, Religion News Service

Holy Trinity Church Fosters Inclusion of LGBTQ Members, The Hoya

Videos
Outreach 2020: Catholic Leaders Speak with the LGBTQ Community

Pride Month Message from Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., Bishop of Lexington

Spiritual Insights for LGBT Catholics, America: The Jesuit Review

Podcasts
Showing Respect & Welcome to LGBT Catholics, Fr. Jim Martin, S.J at Holy Trinity, 20 October 2019

Plague: Untold Stories Of AIDS & The Catholic Church, Michael O'Laughlin, America Media podcast