By Staff Writer
This is the picture used on the brochure announcing St. Francis Xavier's participation in the Pride March.
June 14, 2010 - St. Francis Xavier parish in New York City is defying Archbishop Dolan’s request and planning to participate in the “Pride March” scheduled for June 27.
According to informed sources, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, wrote Father Joe Costantino, SJ, the Pastor of St. Francis, to say he would not like to see any group participate in the Pride March under the parish banner. In spite of this directive from the Archbishop the LGBT ministries and their family and friends hand out brochures about the Church of St. Francis Xavier encouraging participation in the event. The text of this brochure appears below:
NYC’s 41st Annual LGBT Pride March
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The Church of St. Francis Xavier is the only Roman Catholic Church in New York City—maybe one of a handful in the world—to participate in the Pride March. We welcome all, as did Jesus. So we ask you to consider walking with the LGBT ministries on Pride Sunday, June 27, and represent a church that truly lives the Gospel. Many of us will attend the 9:00 am or 11:30 am Mass and then head uptown to where the group will meet [location to be determined on June 21].
Each year, through our presence and our handing out of flyers, a number of people find their way to St. Francis Xavier to return to the sacraments and to find their place in the Catholic Church.
We look forward to spending this day of celebration, ministry and the living out of our mission statement together as a parish. If you have any questions, please e-mail SFXWomen@aol.com or SFXGCGroup@gmail.com, or call (917) 297-6804.
St. Francis Xavier is the same Jesuit parish that last month hosted the dissenting, pro-abortion, Catholic Kerry Kennedy. The parish bulletin, available online, list among its scheduled activities meetings for Gay Catholics, Lesbian Catholics and a Zen Meditiation.
Also online is an agenda from a recent parish council meeting in which one of the items to be discussed was how to promote and advertise Bishop Sullivan’s visit to the parish for the LGBT Anniversary Mass scheduled for May 14th.