Mass is to be celebrated by Bishop John Arnold of Salford for LGBT+ Catholics, their friends and families on Saturday 12th October at 3.00pm. The venue will be the Church of the Holy Name, 336-339 Oxford Road, Manchester (next door to the Catholic Chaplaincy). There will be a social gathering with refreshments immediately afterwards in the chaplaincy building.
In a message to supporters, Gez Hodgson, Convenor of Quest in the North, said: “This is a significant event for many of us who are working towards making the Church’s pastoral outreach in our region – a living reality. Quiet planning has been taking place for some months now to facilitate this taking place.”
The origins of this development go back to a meeting between the then Chair of Quest, Ruby Almeida, Gez Hodgson, Fr Paul Daly and Bishop John Arnold in September 2017 when the possibility of closer links with the LGBT+ Catholic community and the Salford Diocese were discussed. Bishop John was very supportive of the idea and so it has proved in subsequent contacts with his representatives.
Gez added, “This venture is highly symbolic as it marks a public statement that words and actions should be in sync with one another. It also should be seen in the context of similar ventures in the dioceses of Middlesbrough, Westminster, Nottingham, and lately Clifton. As such it would be a great act of support and witness to make sure this inaugural Mass for LGBT+ Catholics, friends and families is a success. Please create a space in your diaries if you can.”