Until 1982, Most Holy Redeemer was
a reasonably normal Catholic Parish in San Francisco . But, as Fr.
Donald Godfrey, SJ writes in his book Gays and Grays:
The Story of the Inclusion of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer
Catholic Parish: "Under Father Anthony McGuire--Fr. Tony--the
parish was reborn…. Anthony McGuire became the ninth pastor of Most
Holy Redeemer parish in 1982." (p27.) According to Fr. Godfrey's
book, Fr. McGuire was specifically sent by the Archdiocese to Most
Holy Redeemer to minister to the gay community.
That was 25 years ago. And after
25 years of "ministry" to the gay community in the Castro, what
do we have? Transvestite bingo (sponsored by the Sisters of Perpetual
Indulgence), participation in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade,
gay religious services broadcast worldwide, Drag Queen beauty pageants,
Young Adult Group outings to the "San Francisco Transgender Cotillion."
The "culture" of the Castro has not been evangelized--instead, Most
Holy Redeemer has been turned from a Catholic Parish to a gay parish.
for a list of media coverage of the October 7th Mass at Holy Redeemer
October 14, 1007: Most Holy
Redeemer publishes a thank you note on the front page of their bulletin
from Delta Goodhand,
one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who attended the October
7th Mass and recieved Communion from Archbishop Niederauer.
Archbishop Niederauer apologizes
- Click here to read full statement
October 7, 2007: His Excellency
George Niederauer, Archbishop of San Francisco, celebrates Mass
at Most Holy Redeemer. See video here of two Sisters
of Perpetual Indulgence receiving Holy Communion from the Archbishop
September 30, 2007: Fr. Donal
Godfrey has a signing at MHR of his book Gays and Grays: The
Story of the Inclusion of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer
Quote: "The Catholic Church is not
a credible moral voice within the gay community." p153.
September 29, 2007: Most
Holy Redeemer parish hosts "SF Desperate Divas 2008 Drag Grand Calendar
Pageant" in Ellard Hall. "Twelve of the Bay Area's Most Delicious
Drag Divas will compete for the Crown and Title of Miss Desperate
Dive 2008." Event is published in the "Gay Event Listing" section
of "SF Station" webpage, and other "alternative" media:
August 28, 2007: Lexington
Books publishes Gays and Grays: The Story of the Inclusion of
the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish by Fr.
Donal Godfrey, SJ.
Quote: "The Gay and Lesbian outreach Committee-so unique, so bracing,
so critically what the parish needed when it needed it-eventually
withered away, a victim of its own success, when the entire parish
had taken on the work it was formed to begin." Page 34 (emphasis
June 24, 2007: Most Holy Redeemer
makes its annual appearance as a parish at the San Francisco Gay
Pride Parade. Go here
April 29, 2007: Most Holy
Redeemer celebrates "Gay Service" broadcast worldwide on "BBC Radio4."
The celebrant is Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ. (Now the Executive Direcor
of Campus Ministry at the University of San Francisco.) For an audio
or transcript of the event, go here.
February 17, 2007: The "Inter-Club
Fund's "31st Annual Motorcycle Awards are held in Ellard Hall of
Most Holy Redeemer Parish. Event is listed in the "Adventures in
Leather" section of the Bay
Area Reporter newspaper:
For an informative brochure about
the "Inter Club Fund", go here.
January 27, 2007: Most Holy
Redeemer Young Adult Group attends the "TGSF" (Transgender San Francisco)
"2007 Cotillion" at the Regency Center Grand Ballroom in San Francisco.
The Cotillion Producer is "Lisa Rae Dummer", who serves as a Eucharistic
Minister at Most Holy Redeemer Parish. MHR's Young Adult Group are
presented as "debutantes." Go here for the MHR YAG page - http://www.mhr.org/yag.events.html
November 18, 2006:"Golden
Gate Guards",a "leather" motorcycle group, holds their 20th
Anniversary in Ellard Hall of Most Holy Redeemer Parish. Event is
listed in the "Leather and Kink" section of the Bay
Area Reporter, a homosexualist newspaper (Scroll down to
"November 18" for listing).
"About" page on the "Golden Gate Guards" website,
they say "We host a number of events throughout the year" one of
which is "Beverage Partner with Folsom Street Events." Folsom
Street Events is the organization that produces the nightmarish
Folsom Street Fair.
October/November 2006: The "Sisters of
Perpetual Indulgence" host series of blasphemous events in Ellard
Hall of Most Holy Redeemer Parish.
June 25, 2006: Most Holy Redeemer participates
as a parish in the 2006 Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco. See video
June 3, 2006: Gay Softball League hold
their "Switch Hitters Ball" in Ellard Hall of Most Holy Redeemer
The SF Bay Times reported: "After several
cocktails for courage, Sister Dana sang an appropriate Madonna number,
“Like a Prayer.” Well, what else should a nun do in the basement
of a Catholic Church?" "The final contestant was Kitty Kill. She
had big blonde hair and wore kneepads so as to fall down on her
knees a lot . . . She stripped off her top and skirt to reveal a
black sequined bra and matching panties. She pulled out her falsies
and tossed them to the judges." Read full story here
February 12, 2006: MHR hosts seminar "Is
it Ethical to be Catholic" sponsored by The (Jesuit) University
of San Francisco's LBGTQ Caucus sponsor anti-Catholic seminar "Is
it Ethical to be Catholic?". For background and transcripts:
September 27, 2005: Article
published about Most Holy Redeemer in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Read article here.
Key paragraph: "Most Holy Redeemer's
priests baptize children of same-sex couples, and a large contingent
of parishioners marches every year in San Francisco's gay pride
parade. This year, they waved gay pride and Vatican flags together."
June, 2005: Most Holy Redeemer
participates as a parish in the 2005 Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco.
See video here.
October 19, 2002: Mr. & Miss Gay San Francisco
Pageant, held at Most Holy Redeemer's Ellard Hall.