Here we offer three outreach types: lists of welcoming parishes, some of which host active lesbian and gay ministries; parent support groups; and spiritual advisors, who may be contacted for one-on-one counseling and advisement. If you wish to have this information in a convenient printable form, please download our two-page Welcoming Communities document (Note: 9.3 MB, designed for 8-1/2″ x 14″ legal size paper).

Welcoming Parishes

The following parish communities extend an especially welcoming and affirming attitude toward their gay and lesbian members.

Baldwin Park

St. John the Baptist [ACTIVE MINISTRY]
3883 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park, CA 91706 (626) 960-2795


St. Francis Xavier
3801 Scott Rd, Burbank, CA 91504
(818) 504-4400

La Cañada-Flintridge

St. Bede the Venerable
215 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada-Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4300

Long Beach

Our Lady of Refuge
5195 Stearns St, Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 438-6641

comunidadlb.org + stmatthewlb.org
672 Temple Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 439-0931

Since 1986 St. Matthew’s Parish has been blessed with a vibrant and welcoming outreach to lesbian and gay Catholics, which is called Comunidad. Our all-volunteer steering committee, whose members serve a one-year term, plans, with help from our general membership, interesting topical meetings and coordinates Comunidad’s other activities, which include food and monetary donations to those in need at Christmastime, support of the Long Beach AIDS walk, representaion at the Long Beach Pride festival, and an annual spiritual retreat that takes place in the fall. We also maintain regular contact and coordinate activities with similar ministries at other Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese, with other nearby churches of other faiths, and with regional and national coordinating organizations such as CMLGP and CALGM, Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry. Comunidad meets the first Tuesday of January and February, April and May, September, and November and December in the Fr. Gerald Meisel Parish Hall on the grounds of St. Matthew’s Church at 7:00 p.m. During other months of the year one or more events are often held, but they are not always on the first Tuesday of the month or held at the parish. The date, time, and location of all events, are always posted in advance on the Comunidad web site or in Comunidad’s monthly eNewsletter.

Los Angeles

Blessed Sacrament [Hollywood]
6657 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-6311

Christ the King [Mid-Wishire/Hancock Park]
624 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 465-7605

Our Mother of Good Counsel [Los Feliz]
2060 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 664-2111

St. Agatha [West Adams]
2646 S Mansfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 935-8127

St. Camillus [Lincoln Heights]
1911 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 225-4461

St. Paul the Apostle [Westwood]
1536 Selby Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 474-1588

Manhattan Beach

American Martyrs
624 15th St, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5651

Pasadena-South Pasadena

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
2640 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 792-1343

Holy Family
1527 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-8908

Redondo Beach

St. Lawrence Martyr [ACTIVE MINISTRY]
1940 S Prospect Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-0329

San Dimas

Holy Name of Mary [ACTIVE MINISTRY]
724 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 599-3114

Santa Barbara

Our Lady of Guadalupe
227 N Nopal St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 965-4060

San Roque
325 Argonne Cir, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 687-5215

Santa Monica

725 California Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 566-1500

We are a fellowship where gay and lesbian people of faith are welcomed to explore their spirituality and share their experience, strength, and hope with one another. We attempt to fulfill our mission by providing a safe place for spiritual events such as evensong and retreats; educational activities such as speaker nights and open forums; social activities such as after-Mass meet & greets and bowling nights; and outreach to the larger parish and Archdiocesan communities. We meet on each second Sunday (except in July and August) following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Visit the St. Monica Gay and Lesbian Outreach Ministry page for more info.

West Hollywood

St. Ambrose
1281 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-4433

St. Victor
8634 Holloway Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-6477

Woodland Hills

20870 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 340-6020

Parent Support Groups

La Cañada-Flintridge

Lynda and Dave Hennon (818) 399-6125 or (818) 790-9838

Long Beach + South Bay

Carolyn and Robert Aldapa (310) 835-1481

Pasadena + South Pasadena

Mary or Caroline (626) 792-1343

San Dimas

Jenny Naughton (909) 896-8362

We are support group for parents and loved ones of Lesbian and Gay people, based on the Always Our Children document written by The Bishop’s Committee on Marriage and Family. We come together in a safe and confidential environment in which to share our experiences as parents and friends of lesbian and gay children in a Catholic context on the last Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Santa Barbara

Joe and Kathie Schneider (805) 687-4338 autohaus@silcom.com

We are a support group for Catholic parents of gay & lesbian children. We talk about our hopes and fears and how to best support our children.

Spiritual Advisors

Beverly Hills

Fr. Tom Welbers (310) 285-5425 thomas.welbers@gmail.com

Glendale + Vernon (Deaf/Hearing Impaired)

Fr. Tom Schweitzer (323) 587-0397 [TDD]

Long Beach

Fr. Randy Campos (562) 439-0931 x 8 frcampos@stmatthewlb.org

Los Angeles

Fr. Jim Clarke (213) 637-7474 jimclarke@la-archdiocese.org

Fr. Chris Ponnet (323) 225-4461 x 221 cponnet@stcamillus.ftml.net

Chaplain Manuel Torres (Spanish/English) (323) 225-4461 x 124 lmanueltorres1@hotmail.com

Santa Clarita + Valencia

Fr. Mike Grieco (661) 296-3180 x 7921 fathermikegrieco@aol.com

South Pasadena

Sr. Susan Slater (626) 792-1343 sslater@abvmpasadena.org

Cambria Tortorelli (626) 403-6110 csmith@holyfamily.org