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NEWS FLASHES

Easter Season
  Easter schedule is shown on calendar for April and the flyer for Easter Brunch.

Xmas Party Photos
   Click for photos of Christmas Party last December.

A Discernment
   An all-day session was held Sun, Jan 26; see article by Presi-
dent on this project.

Records for IRS
   Click here to read rules (at pp 18-20); & here for a summary.

Membership Application
   To download a new- member application, click here.

Board Meetings
   Generally chapter Board meets at 4 pm on the first Sunday of the month. Check the calendar to be sure.

Sunday Liturgy
   The chapter Sunday Mass is celebrated at 5:30 pm each week at Dignity Center. Click on Map in the banner above for a map.

WELCOME TO DIGNITY

Dignity/LA is an independent lay organization that seeks to reform the Catholic Church and society in general, mainly on issues regarding the sexuality of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) persons, and also to minister to the spiritual (and other) needs of GLBTQ persons.  We are an affiliate of Dignity/USA, a nationwide organization with scores of chapters (including several such chapters in California, four of them located in southern California) and thousands of members.

Dignity/LA has the unique distinction of being the founding chapter of Dignity/USA.  In 1969, a group of Catholics began to meet to discuss GLBTQ issues and to celebrate Mass. We took a statement of the then only recently completed Second Vatican Council (quote is in the box at the right) as our inspiration in the choice of a name for our organization. In only a very few years, the organization had developed into the high-profile nationwide advocate for all GLBTQ persons that Dignity is today.

During most of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II (1978-2005), Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) was the enforcer of orthodox doctrine. Ironically, however, he had years earlier vigorously defended (see quote in the box to the right) the primacy of conscience, even in the face of the contrary demands of the Pope or any other church authority.

We urge you to get to know Dignity/LA better. We invite you (and bring a friend, if you can) to attend a regular chapter liturgy any Sundays at 5:30 pm (click for an index to some photos) at Dignity Center and the fellowship (i.e. a social) that follows the liturgy. Click for a map (equipped with a zoom-in/out feature) and for directions.

In the meantime, please do explore further on this website to learn more About Us. Things that are underlined (in the text of any page of this website or in either of the two rows found just below the banner at the top of each page of this website) links to still more information, on this website (or elsewhere): so just click on the link to go there.

We echo a saintly Philadelphia pastor who posted this welcoming message on his parish website:

"Come into this house and bring all you are.  No need to check your failures at the door.  There are no perfect people here.  You are invited, so come.  Come in seeking, come in wandering, come in hurting.  Come into this house of companionship and compassion.  Come in.  You are welcome here."

Bienvenidos:  Para cosas en español, click aquí or on Hispanic in the banner at the top of each page of this website.

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