LGBT+ Catholics York
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Thank you for visiting our website which promotes the monthly Masses and ministry offered by the Diocese of Middlesbrough to the LGBT+ community, family and friends.
We are a Catholic Diocese in the North East of England. Our bishop, Terence (Terry) Drainey, is clear there is a warm welcome here in the Diocese for everyone, and this includes in an explicit way members of the LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and those who identify under "plus"). This ministry was established as the bishop's initiative in 2017 with the aim of sharing this Good News of God's love for everyone. We hope this is a positive step forward in helping to heal the lack of welcome many LGBT+ people experienced in the past. We are happy that our ministry is a official part of the Catholic life of our Diocese, and that within the Diocese this ministry sits in the Vicariate (department) for Missionary Discipleship. LGBT+ Catholics share lives as disciples of the Lord Jesus with so many other groups and communities in our Diocese, as well as with ecumenical partners, where we enrich each other and grow together as the Body of Christ.
With our Cathedral in Middlesbrough, the Diocese includes the ancient City of York and the major Port-City of Hull. Alongside these three major centres of population are many towns, villages and hamlets, as well as the beautiful Yorkshire coast and North York Moors.
The normal meeting place for our Masses on the second Sunday of each month is the Bar Convent in York which has been the home of the sisters of the Congregation of Jesus and a place of welcome and outreach since 1686. It is a wonderful and historic place to gather, with excellent public transport links, just 5 minutes' walk from York's Railway Station, and parking in the school car park on Nunnery Lane. Because of the need for social distancing the chapel is too small to accommodate us so, for the time being, we are gathering at Our Lady's Church in Acomb - see above for newsletter link.