SERVEMany Members One Body Ministry
Many Members One Body Ministry
Our MMOB Ministry provides support and educational opportunities to build greater understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experiences within our church community.
“The Church makes her own the attitude of the Lord Jesus, who offers his boundless love to each person without exception. During the Synod, we discussed the situation of families whose members include persons who experience same-sex attraction, a situation not easy either for parents or for children. We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while ‘every sign of unjust discrimination’ is to be carefully avoided, particularly any form of aggression and violence. Such families should be given respectful pastoral guidance, so that those who manifest a homosexual orientation can receive the assistance they need to understand and fully carry out God’s will in their lives.” – Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family)
Education and Outreach
St. Francis of Assisi Parish will be an even more joyful, energetic and nurturing Christian community. All parishioners will feel that they have access to the life of the parish, where each parishioner’s gifts are discerned and he/she is empowered to share such gifts. It will be a place of no distinctions except to be known as believers and where there is mutual respect for the uniqueness and dignity of each individual.
“God…calls the church to minister to every man, woman and child with the pastoral solicitude of our compassionate Lord.” – Vatican CDF Letter “On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.” October, 1986
“Welcome homosexuals into the faith community, and seek out those on the margins. Avoid stereotyping and condemning. Strive first to listen.” – National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family, Always our Children, 1997
“Humankind looks at appearances but God looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
“The teachings of the Church make it clear that the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended and that all of us must strive to eliminate any forms of injustice, oppression, or violence against them.” – The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, 1986 No. 10
“All in all, it is essential to recall one basic truth. God loves every person as a unique individual. Sexual identity helps to define the unique persons we are, and one component of sexual identity is sexual orientation. Thus, our total personhood is more encompassing than sexual orientation.” – Always Our Children, National Conference of Bishops, 1997
For more information on Many Members, One Body, please contact Lisa Ostendorf: