Catholic Ministry to Persons with Same-Sex Attraction

“To our homosexual brothers and sisters... though at times you may feel discouraged, hurt or angry, do not walk away from your families, from your Christian community, from all those who love you. In you God's love is revealed. You are always our children." (Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers, 1997).

Courage is the Catholic Church's pontifically approved ministry which is specifically committed to providing spiritual support for persons with same-sex attraction who are striving to live chastely and offering help to grow in understanding with others toward living more fully the Church's teachings.

Diocesan Courage Support Group: The Diocese of Metuchen strongly believes the Catechism's teaching that people “who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies” must be treated with “'respect, compassion, and sensitivity” (CCC #2358). For additional information about our Courage Support Group, please call the HOTLINE-24 number (732) 562-2476 or email couragecnj@gmail.com. Confidentiality is assured with all communications.

EnCourage is a Roman Catholic Apostolate for parents, friends and family members of loved ones with same­-sex attractions. EnCourage is a faithful witness to Catholic teaching on sexual morality which meets the needs of its members with charity and compassion. EnCourage does not embrace the necessity of changing a loved one’s sexual attraction to seek support from our ministry.

Diocesan EnCourage Support Group: Do you have a loved one dealing with same sex attraction issues? Help is available for friends and relatives through a confidential support group that meets monthly on Sundays at 7 p.m. For more details, call (732) 248-9460 or visit https://couragerc.org/encourage/about/. All calls are confidential.

For further information about Courage, visit: http://www.couragerc.net or contact Rev. Msgr. Andrew Szaroleta, Chaplain, (732) 738-7940.

For further information about the faith sharing group at the Church of the Sacred Heart, contact David Harvie, IGI Facilitator at (908) 822-5895 / sacredheartigi@gmail.com or Rev. John Alvarado at (908) 756-0633 x125 and visit: http://www.churchofthesacredheart.net/ministry_gl.html.