At the heart of the Catholic Church is the Mass, a sacred space where we come together in remembrance and repetition of a timeless celebration, and where we mark our ‘communion’ , united in one ‘holy, catholic, and apostolic church’.
Ideally, we should be able to find this unity and communion in any church, anywhere: sadly, the experience of many of us is otherwise. If you do not find yourself welcome in your local parish, perhaps you could try a visit to one of these:
Soho: The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption & St Gregory
(Warwick Street, Soho, W1B 5NB)
The Mass on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month has a particular focus on the needs of LGBT Catholics. Before being invited by the Cardinal to accept this parish as a home, this Mass was previously celebrated at St Anne’s Dean Street, and before that in Camden. With 10 years’ history behind it, there is now a substantial congregation of (mostly) LGBT men and women, their friends and families. The Mass is particularly characterised by a strong liturgy, thought-provoking homilies from a roster of supportive priests, and lively conversation over tea and coffee after Mass. (The other services at this parish are not specifically targeted at the LGBT community.)
The parishes listed below do not have explicitly ‘gay’ Masses, but they are places where some of our community have found the welcome they were looking for. (Some of the priests from these parishes serve on the presiding roster for the Soho Masses described above).
Barbican: St Joseph’s Church
Lamb’s Passage, off Bunhill Row, Barbican, EC1Y 8LE (Old Street / Moorgate / Barbican Tubes)
Sunday Mass is now at 11:30.
Wednesdays – Eucharisitc Service or Mass as 12:05.
Holland Park: St Francis of Assisi
Pottery Lane, W11 4NQ. (Holland Park tube)
020 7727 7968
Stamford Hill: St Ignatius
High Road, Stamford Hill, N15 6ND (Seven Sisters tube)
020 8800 2121
Pimlico: Holy Apostles
47 Cumberland Street, Pimlico, SW1V 4LY
020 7834 6965
King’s Cross: 157 Copenhagen Street, Caledonian Road N1 0SR
If you know of any other parishes which are truly welcoming, in London or elsewhere, let me know. I will gladly add them to the list .