Educate, Advocate, Ally and Serve.
A friendly and safe place for:
- Families to share stories and experiences with other LGBT families.
- LGBT community to share stories and insights.
- Friends to come together with the common goal of love, acceptance and support.
One In Love welcomes all to explore and discuss issues surrounding sexuality, gender, and our faith in a safe and loving atmosphere. We gather in prayer and support as we walk through our spiritual journey towards a deeper relationship with God. One in Love offers emotional and spiritual support to the LGBT community, family and friends during all of life’s moments.
One In Love, LGBT Ministry, was created in 2014, from the pain and confusion caused by the firing of Holy Family’s Director of Liturgy and Music, after he publicly announced his engagement to his long-time same-sex partner. Our pastor encouraged us to learn more about our faith and it’s teachings on LGBT issues as well as related societal issues.
From this research, a position paper was created and shared with many in leadership within our Church, including Cardinal Cupich (CLICK HERE TO READ THE PAPER). In addition to the position paper, this group was born, with our Pastor’s blessing. It was evident we needed a safe, non-judgmental space to gather to learn from and support one another.
LISTENING SESSIONS: Sessions are held virtually the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10-noon. Contact the leadership team to be invited to the Zoom meetings. They are also available by phone or email to address any concerns or questions you have.
- Hold a Listening Session with select One In Love members and select members of your parish staff
- Hold a Listening Session inviting select members from your parish
- Meet with your ministry team to answer questions about One In Love
For more information, please contact: Chris Evon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next event will be posted soon.
Message from Chris Evon
“ALL THINGS ARE UNEXPLANABLY, INVINCIBLY ONE, IN ENDLESS DIVERSITY FOREVER.” (James Finely reflecting on teaching of John of the Cross.)
As soon as One In Love ‘discovered’ zoom during the pandemic, the group quickly re united. The beauty and gift of this time was that we were able to include people who for various reasons outside of the virus, would not have been able to join us at Holy Family. One long time member moved to North Carolina and was very appreciative of the opportunity to re connect with us all. She even invited a friend and during this past year they created another ministry in their home parish called ‘Remain In Your Love’!
God also led many new faces to the ministry. Parents, grandparents, and other members of the LGBTQ community who were searching for a safe place to unpack their story. They quickly discovered they did not have to go on this journey alone. Companionship and education are keys to this ministry. We are very blessed to have the support and encouragement from Holy Family and that we have been able to continue to share God’s blessing and promise, that we are all “One In Love”.
You And I
We meet as stranger, each carrying a mystery within us.
I cannot say who you are. I may never know you completely.
But I trust that you are a person in your own right,
possessed of a beauty and value that are the Earth’s richest treasures.
So I make this promise to you: I will impose no identities upon you,
but will invite you to become yourself without shame or fear.
I will hold open a space for you in the world
allow your right to fill it with an authentic vocation and purpose.
For as long as your search takes, you have my loyalty.
Catholic Church Teaching on LGBT Individuals
Catholic Church Teachings always evolve in various aspects of life and faith, based on mounting and continued evidence and learning within various fields. The Catholic Church Teachings on Homosexuality include two basic points:
It varies from the order of human procreation
The inclination toward homosexuality is not a sin
Many aspects regarding the genesis of our sexuality are unknown. One of these aspects is homosexuality thus the church’s teachings in this area must continue to evolve.
Our Holy Family One in Love LGBT Ministry advocates strongly for the Church’s teaching that “all are welcome to the table”. They gather God’s people to seek to carry out what Pope Benedict XVI in his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate states, that the impulse to love authentically never abandons us and is central to what God has planted in the heart and mind of every human person.