In December 2012 Archbishop Vincent Nichols asked the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain and myself to offer meeting spaces on Farm Street Parish premises for the LGBT Catholic Community which had previously met at Our Lady of The Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street. In March 2013, LGBT Catholics joined the regular congregation at the evening Mass, followed by a reception and meeting with the Archbishop and members of the parish. Over the following weeks, on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, the group has gathered to celebrate Mass together with regular parishioners at the new time of 5.30pm, and to meet for tea and coffee afterwards in the parish hall. Mgr Keith Barltrop, Parish Priest of St Mary of the Angels, Bayswater, is the Archbishop’s personal liaison with the group. The group has a pastoral council which considers the needs of the community and the development of meetings about various related topics, prayer, support, and days of reflection. For general information regarding this group please contact email@example.com
Andrew Cameron-Mowat, SJ, Parish Priest
There are a number of sub-groups within the LGBT community to meet various pastoral needs:
LGBT CATHOLICS YOUNGER ADULTS GROUP (YAG)
The LGBT Catholics YAG is a community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, based in the Archdiocese of Westminster. We come together for the 5.30pm Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, Mayfair on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, and we also meet monthly for spiritual and social activities. Through our fellowship, we seek to create an environment in which younger LGBT people feel supported and can embrace and deepen their faith, nurture their personal relationships with God and with each other, and engage in Christian witness in the Archdiocese of Westminster and in the wider society. We always welcome new members. If you would like to know more, please see our website www.lgbtcatholicsyag.org.uk or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trans* group exists to provide support and fellowship for Catholics whose gender identity or presentation differs from their assigned gender. We aim to provide a welcoming atmosphere for trans* people both at Mass and at parish social occasions. As well as attending Masses at Farm Street and the LGBT socials after the 5.30pm Mass on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month we meet regularly to discuss our own experiences. Members of our group also have links with ecumenical organizations such as the Sybils. For more information please email email@example.com
All are welcome to share tea and coffee with the LGBT ministry after the 5.30pm Mass on 2nd and 4th Sundays.