Celebrating welcoming parishes, schools, communities, and people
About Gaudete
Gaudete is the Latin word for “Rejoice” and is perhaps best known to Catholics through Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. On that day, the opening words of the Entrance Antiphon of the Mass are “Gaudete in Domino semper,” from the Letter to the Philippians, in which St. Paul exhorts the Christian community in Philippi: “Rejoice in the Lord always! I say again, ‘Rejoice!” (4:4).

In this section, we rejoice in the parishes, schools, communities, organizations and individuals who provide a welcoming home in the church of LGBTQ people, so that they too may be Christians who rejoice always!

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Diocese of Salford LGBTQ Masses

Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Mark Dowd / August 27, 2022

The decision to designate special Eucharistic gatherings for LGBTQ Catholics and their friends and families was very much a personal decision of Bishop John Arnold of Salford, who took to the airwaves on local and national radio to promote this latest part of the church’s mission.

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute

Buffalo, N.Y.
David Palmieri / August 25, 2022

Lasallian schools like St. Joe’s are deeply committed to the principles of cultivating a “respect for all persons” and building “inclusive communities.”

St. John’s Preparatory School

Danvers, Mass.
David Palmieri / August 23, 2022

St. John’s Prep is organized around cultural priorities that include seeing people as created in the image and likeness of God and seeking to empower all people as unique expressions of God’s love.

Out at Saint Paul

Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York, N.Y.
Kevin McCabe / August 18, 2022

LGBTQ persons have been active in the life of the parish for many years, including during the height of the H.I.V./AIDS epidemic beginning in the 1980s.

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of St. Boniface and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mark J. Lane, C.O., Anthony D. Andreassi, C.O. / August 15, 2022

We are proud to be Catholic churches who welcome everyone, including our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

Fairfield College Preparatory School

Fairfield, Conn.
David Palmieri / August 10, 2022

Diversity initiatives, led by the school’s diversity director, have sought to ensure that all students and families can be offered an equitable experience while attending Fairfield Prep.

Christian Brothers High School

Memphis, Tenn.
David Palmieri / August 10, 2022

Respect for all persons and building inclusive communities are core principles of Lasallian education.

Our Lady of Lourdes

Daytona Beach, Fla.
Father Phil Egitto / July 28, 2022

We are a parish in Daytona Beach, Florida that believes all are welcome—and all means all.

The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Atlanta, Ga.
Joseph Sequeira / July 22, 2022

In 1848, the Shrine was founded as a small, wood-framed church serving the Irish construction workers who were building the railway to Terminus, an old nickname for Atlanta.

St. Agnes Catholic Church

San Francisco, Calif.
Andrea Wise / July 4, 2022

“We the people of Saint Agnes are an inclusive, urban community, rich in diversity of age, ethnicity, orientation, culture, talent and treasure; a faith community, enlivened and empowered through Baptism to celebrate and proclaim the presence of Christ among us.”

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