sfds celebrates pride 2018
Our Gay Straight Catholic Alliance, Book Club, and Social Justice Ministry commemorated Pride Month, SFdS-style! Over the course of the month, we held a film screening of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, marched with local area Catholics in the Pride Parade, and hosted “A Conversation with Father James Martin, SJ: Author of Building A Bridge.” 90+ attendees were welcomed into our beautiful church and a great time was had by all, including Father Martin himself (read what he had to say here and here)!
Thanks to proceeds from book sales and donations, SFdS was able to raise $560 towards gift cards for the Ali Forney Center, an organization we’ve partnered with in the past. Their mission is to protect LGBTQIA youth from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
Building Bridges at the Church of St. Francis de Sales in NYC
I was so happy to be invited to speak at the Church of St. Francis de Sales in New York. Believe it or not, even after 20 years here, and helping out at a church right around the corner, I had never been inside. It's beautiful! Even more beautiful are the parishioners and all who came tonight to talk about building bridges with our LGBT Catholic friends. Thanks to Father Philip Kelly the beloved pastor, to Cynthia Bastidas, and the LGBT outreach group for the invitation. Thanks for the lovely reception beforehand too. And thanks to all who came, some from far away, to talk about an important issue in our church, and all who stayed afterwards to have a book signed and to chat. Please keep me in your prayers!—Father James Martin, SJ
This month truly exemplified how we here at St Francis "Live Jesus" - by opening our doors to everyone and spreading a message of love and acceptance.