The following is an email that was sent to California Catholic Daily this week:
- Dear CalCatholic,
- I am a regular reader and faithful committed Catholic. I am also a mother of an adult who is living in a same sex relationship. Last year you ran my story (written by Joseph Sciambra) of finding no help in the LA archdiocese except for gay affirming ministries: How many pro-gay Catholic ministries are in LA? I am so excited to report that as of this week we have both the approval of Archbishop Gomez and my local auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell who has appointed our chaplain for our EnCourage chapter. It has been almost 9 years since I started trying to get this group going. We also have received permission from an area parish for a meeting room.
- I know there are so many other parents like myself- heartbroken Catholic parents struggling with this secret that our children are same sex attracted. We so need ministries like this one. Please consider publishing the following or something similar as I’d like to get the word out that we now do exist and I want our contact info out there so other parents know where to go for solid faithful help. In a culture that has only become more hostile we need to support each other to live out Catholic truth.
- Thank you,
- (name withheld)
New EnCourage chapter in the Los Angeles archdiocese
EnCourage is a Roman Catholic apostolate for parents, friends and family members of loved ones with same-sex attractions. EnCourage is a faithful witness to Catholic teaching on sexual morality which meets the needs of its members with charity and compassion.
EnCourage does not embrace the necessity of changing a loved one’s sexual attraction to seek support from our ministry.
EnCourage helps members to focus on their own spiritual development with the goals of achieving peace and complete trust in God’s Providence and His love for us and for the ones we love. EnCourage offers a supportive, confidential environment to share feelings, experiences, information and guidance for maintaining healthy relationships with our loved ones with same-sex attractions.
EnCourage provides members with an understanding of the needs of individuals who experience same-sex attractions and assists members to reach out to their loved ones with true compassion. EnCourage supports the work of Courage, the Roman Catholic apostolate to same-sex -attracted individuals who live chastely in fellowship, truth and love.
If you love our faith and also your loved one with same-sex attractions, you do not have to feel confused or isolated any longer. Be welcomed by a group of committed Catholics who understand your sufferings and who will walk and pray with you on this journey.
If you are in need of guidance and direction, please send us an e-mail.
We will put you in touch with someone who can help you: firstname.lastname@example.org
The first confidential meeting will be in March in the Los Angeles area.