Celebrating welcoming parishes, schools and communities
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 and communities 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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Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Milwaukie, Ore.
Kelly Hickman / January 19, 2024

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest affirms and supports our LGBTQIA2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, asexual, two-spirit) community. As a Catholic organization, we recognize and seek to heal past and on-going harms experienced by this community. For years, we have offered gender and sexuality training to our volunteers, staff and board. At […]

St. Bernadette Parish

Milwaukee, Wis.
Outreach Staff / May 19, 2023

As a part of Respect Life Month, in October 2022, the parish community offered an LGBTQ+ Mass of Celebration and Inclusion.


Chicago, Ill.
Angelina Rossi / May 8, 2023

AGLO seeks to be the place that the LGBTQ+ community goes to grow its faith—a beacon for the LGBTQ+ community and a go-to resource on the LGBTQ+ community for the Archdiocese of Chicago through radical hospitality, radical love and radical mercy.

Blessed Sacrament Jesuit Parish

Hollywood, Calif.
Blessed Sacrament, Hollywood / April 14, 2023

Blessed Sacrament is a diverse Catholic community alive in the heart of Hollywood. We help everyone discover their own unique adventure within the transformative epic of God.

Devenir Un En Christ (Becoming One In Christ)

Vincennes, France
Marla Olson, Timothée de Montgolfier / March 29, 2023

Devenir Un En Christ (Becoming One In Christ) is a French Catholic association that welcomes homosexual people and their loved ones in a climate of respect and confidence, no matter what their personal situations might be.

Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Kansas City, Mo.
Outreach Staff / March 23, 2023

St. Francis Xavier is Jesuit parish steeped in the Ignatian tradition where we learn to find “God in all things” and all people.

Church of St. Ignatius Loyola

Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Michael Sennett / March 17, 2023

Guided by the spirit of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuit mission, we advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion on the parish, diocesan, and institutional levels within the Church.

La Tenda di Gionata

Florence, Italy
Outreach Staff / March 10, 2023

La Tenda di Gionata is an Italian Christian volunteer association, founded by volunteers of the Gionata Project.

Brophy College Preparatory

Phoenix, Ariz.
Outreach Staff / March 3, 2023

Brophy College Preparatory has made it a point to hold space for the LGBTQ community on campus, especially through the Dignity affinity space in the Office of Faith & Justice.

The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi

Raleigh, N.C.
Outreach Staff / February 10, 2023

Inspired by our patron Francis of Assisi, we seek to proclaim the reign of God by growing in Holiness through our experience of Christ in word, sacrament and one another, offering Hope to those who hunger for human dignity, and extending Hospitality to all.

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