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Sunday Liturgy
   Mass is at 5 pm each Sunday; click here for location.

Pope As Pastoral
   Pope urges more pastoral Church, in re GLBTs also cit-
ing Pope John XXIII for: "See everything; turn a blind eye to much; correct (just) a little." See quote from Pope Francis in box to the right.

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

Council Mtgs
  Council meets at 3 pm on 2nd Sundays in odd-numbered months; but check calendar to be sure.

Anointing
   In odd-numbered months, a healing Anointing is held at Mass on 1st Sunday

Announcements
   Click to read the Announcements.

KOA Fund
   Ten percent each Sunday goes to the KOA Fund (former AIDS Fund). It helps members in need, regardless of cause.

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WELCOME TO DIGNITY

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

In 1969, a group of Catholics began meeting to discuss GLBTQ issues and to celebrate Mass. We took a statement of the then only recently completed Second Vatican Council (the quote is in the box at the right) as our inspiration in the choice of a name for our organization. After just a few years, the organization had developed into the high-profile nationwide advocate for all GLBTQ persons that Dignity has grown into.

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

In late 2008, there was a United Nations resolution to press for de-criminalization of homosexuality worldwide. The Vatican did not support the whole resolution, but it did explain (see the box at the right) that it does support de-criminalizing sex between consenting adults.

We urge you to learn more about Dignity/Palm Springs. We cordially invite you (and bring a friend also, if you can) to attend one of the chapter's regular Sunday liturgies, at 5 pm. In the wake of a fire in the building in which the chapter had been meeting, Mass is now at St. Paul of the Desert Episcopal Church located at 125 W. Alameda, in Palm Springs (click here for map), and fellowship (i.e. a social) follows the liturgy. Meanwhile, please explore this website further to learn more About Us.

Anything that is underlined (in the text of any page of this website or in the two rows that are just below the banner at the top of each page of this website) is a link to more info, on this website (or elsewhere); so just click on it 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."

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