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Diamond Bar: Always Our Children
23922 Sapphire Canyon Road, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Contact Jenny Naughton at (909) 896-8362
email: jnaughton04@gmail.com
Always Our Children is a support group for parents and loved ones of Lesbian and Gay people, based on the 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. We meet the last Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.
 
Diamond Bar: Grupo Siempre Seran Nuestros Hijos
23802 Sunset Crossing Rd., Diamond Bar, CA 91765
contact: Javier y Martha Plascencia at (909) 860-5950
email: MarthaPlas1@hotmail.com
Somos un grupo de apoyo para los padres de un hijo/hija adolescente o adulto, homosexual. Nuestras juntas son el ultimo Jueves del mes en nuestra casa.
 
Hollywood:  Blessed Sacrament Church
Ministry with Lesbians and Gays (MLG)
6657 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
contact: Lori Turro at (323) 462-6311
http://blessedsacramenthollywood.org/mlg
MLG welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons; fosters their call to discipleship; and encourages them to gather around the table of the Lord with the diverse community of Blessed Sacrament. The ministry includes a newly-formed outreach to parents with lesbian and gay children.
 
Los Angeles: Archdiocese of Los Angeles Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics (MLGC)
Fr. Chris Ponnet
c/o St. Camillus Center for Pastoral Care
1911 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033
email: mlgc.losangeles@gmail.com
The Archdiocesan Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics (MLGC) was called into existence during a February 1986 sermon in which the new Archbishop (in office only a few months) called for a community, “comunidad” in Spanish, of lesbians and gays to support each other on their journey. The MLGC recognizes that all persons with a homosexual orientation are capable of living a full Catholic life in union with all the members of the Church. MLGC takes its inspiration from the Gospel; is shaped by Church teachings and pastoral practice; borrows appropriately from the insights of the social and biological sciences; and listens, ponders, and prays over the lived experience of those to whom it ministers. MLGC calls on concerned Catholics and all people of good will to know and share in the challenges, burdens and blessings of homosexual persons living a Christian life within the Catholic tradition.
 
Long Beach: St. Matthew Church
Comunidad
672 Temple Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
Contact Joe Maffucci at (562) 694-6070
email: comunidad@comunidadlb.org
http://www.comunidadlb.org
First Tuesday of the month in Fr. Gerry Meisel hall.
The purpose and spirit of “Comunidad” shall be to actively reach out, welcome, and support Lesbian and Gay Catholics and non-Catholics in their pursuit to develop, integrate and nurture their own spiritual and social well-being within the spirit of the Catholic Church.
 
Santa Barbara: Always Our Children
533 Tallant Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
contact: Joe & Kathie Schneider at (805) 687-4338
email: autohaus@silcom.com
Support group for Catholic parents of gay & lesbian children. We talk about our hopes and fears and how to best support our children.
 
Santa Monica: St. Monica Gay & Lesbian Outreach (GLO)
725 California Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
contact: Delis Alejandro at (310) 566-1500
email: delis@stmonica.net
http://www.stmonica.net/gay-and-lesbian
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.
Second Sundays (except July and August) following the 5:30 p.m. Mass
Evening Prayer with potluck Third Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m.
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Spiritual Advisors

Fr. Brian Doran: (323) 656-4433
Fr. Carlos Alarcon (Spanish): (818) 890-0708
Fr. Tom Schweitzer (Deaf/Hearing Impaired): (323) 587-0397 [TDD]
Fr. Chris Ponnet: (323) 225-4461 x. 221
Fr. Mike Carcerano: (805) 526-1732
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