Communities of worship are flourishing in the Eastern Region. To paraphrase the words of a popular hymn, the Spirit is truly moving throughout our communities to build houses where love can dwell. We invite you to call or visit any of these houses, where all are welcome.

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Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community
Sussex County, NJ
Contact: Mike Corso
corso_mike@yahoo.com
973-543-3978

Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community was founded in September 2008. The community gathers for Eucharistic celebration every Sunday at 10:00 AM, at The Center, 65 Newton Sparta Road, Newton, NJ 07860. In the tradition of early church communities, all are welcome at the table in this discipleship of equals.

Following each liturgy there is an opportunity for faith-sharing on matters of belief, religious practice, social justice, peace, and community discernment. All gifts are honored and all gifts are offered in service to the People of God.

Sophia engages in three outreach efforts: Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community in Ft. Myers FL, which assists people who are homeless to attain affordable shelter; St. Oscar Romero Catholic Church in Rochester NY, which ministers directly to and with migrant workers; and the Pathways to Prosperity Initiative in Sussex County, NJ, which assists families in moving out of poverty, by educating and mentoring individuals in developing resources, networking and devising personal action plans leading to transition into stable successful life situations.

In and through each of our lives, we seek to bring the joy, light, compassion and peace of Christ to those around us – especially to those most in need. Our priests, Claire Gareau and Mike Corso are available for sacramental ministry and pastoral care.

Visit our website, http://sophiainclusivecatholiccommunity.org


St. Mary of Magdala Church
Harwich Port (Cape Cod) MA
Contact: Marie David
revmariedavid@gmail.com
508-432-0027

St. Mary of Magdala Church is an Ecumenical Catholic Community.  We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:00 a.m., in St. Mary of Magdala Chapel at Evensong Retreat Center in Harwich Port, MA.  We are Catholic in our heritage and worship, moving forward with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. We are ecumenical in our makeup and outreach.  All are welcome to join us at worship, and all who wish to partake of communion may do so. We invite you to browse our website www.stmaryofmagdalachurch.org to learn more about us. St. Mary of Magdala Church is affiliated with the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of New England.  Our Co-pastors are the Rev. Marie S. David and
the Most Rev. James F. David.


Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community
Baltimore MD
Contacts:
Barbara Beadles, jbead92536@aol.com
Gloria Ray Carpeneto,
gcarpeneto@comcast.net

Jaqueline Clarys, jmclarys@gmail.com
Andrea M. Johnson,
amjohnson1969@gmail.com
Pat Shannon Jones, pshanjones@me.com
Marellen M. Mayers,
marellenm@gmail.com
Ann Penick, annpenick1932@gmail.com
livingwatercommunity@comcast.net

410-455-0277

The Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community is a faith community blended from two smaller communities that originated in Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryland. The name of our community not only speaks to Jesus' promise to the woman at the well; it also a prophetic name in this day of global warming. As clean water becomes an increasingly scarce commodity in parts of the world, our vision is that we will be living water to each other and to the world, caring for the earth’s resources, that there may be an abundance of life-giving water for all. We gather as a full community on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Catonsville, Maryland for Eucharist and sacramental celebrations, fellowship, and community conversation & discernment. On other Sundays and weekdays throughout the month, we also gather in small groups in members’ homes and community outreach settings for Eucharist, agape meals, and pastoral outreach ministry. We welcome your questions, and hope you will visit us at our website, http://www.thelivingwatercommunity.org


Oscar Romero Church
(gathering at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality)
Rochester NY
Contact: Chava Redonnet
chava@localnet.com

Oscar Romero Church is an Inclusive Church in the Catholic tradition that meets in the dining room of the Rochester Catholic Worker house, St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality. We are a tiny church with a strong commitment to the poor, some of whom are us. We make decisions together, and chose the name Oscar Romero Church because we hope to be as steadfast in walking with the poor of our nation as Monsenõr Romero was in his. St Romero’s has a relationship with a small Baptist community in El Salvador, and we celebrate Spanish-language Mass in migrant camps outside of Rochester. We are also a member of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches. You can learn more about us by requesting a bulletin from Rev. Chava, or by visiting the website, www.saintjoeshouse.org


St. Praxedis Catholic Community of New York
Judson Memorial Church
West Village NY

Contact: Gabriella Velardi Ward
StPraxedisrcc@gmail.com

St. Praxedis Catholic Community is an inclusive, Christ centered community led by a woman priest and functioning within the Roman Catholic tradition. We are an inclusive language community, welcoming all to the Eucharistic table; one  need only come with an open heart. Our mission is to build and nurture an active, fully sacramental Catholic community; to affirm diversity; to model a renewed priestly ministry and priestly people; and to become Spirit empowered through prayer and a partnership model of leadership. We aim to provide opportunities for the exploration and expression of our faith, for spiritual growth and for putting our faith into practice.

By the example of our patron St Praxedis – enslaved woman and bishop of a second century house church in ancient Rome – we proclaim that identity or adversity is no impediment to doing the work of the Gospel. Through our worship services, we witness to the justice, equality and compassion preached by Jesus, as well as to the example of Jesus’ healing and reconciling love for all. In this way, we are encouraged to live the Gospel life.

We gather on the second Saturday of every month at 4:30 PM. Contact us on our website, www.St.PraxedisCatholicCommunity.org

 


St Mary Magdalene Community
Philadelphia PA
Contact: Eileen McCafferty DiFranco
emdifranco@aol.com

We are a growing catholic community, which now holds services in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania; Palmyra, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware. Our members and visitors come from many parts of the tri-state area. 

In Drexel Hill, PA, each Sunday we gather for liturgy at 9 am. McBurney Chapel, Drexel Hill United Methodist Church, 600 Burmont Road (corner of School Lane), Drexel Hill, PA 19026.

In Palmyra, NJ, each Sunday we gather for liturgy at 11:30 am. Epworth United Methodist Church (enter chapel via ramp), 501 Morgan Avenue, Palmrya, NJ 08065

As an inclusive community, we value and welcome all.   We believe in the dignity of every person. We are one with those who cherish love, peace, equality, tolerance, and compassion.  We do not discriminate on the basis of marital status, sexual identity, or religious affiliation. We choose to honor and embrace diversity.

In our worship we joyfully celebrate the Christ among us.  Contemplative and educational gatherings are life-giving aspects of our community.  We invite each person to journey in freedom into a deeper relationship with their God, with themselves, and with others.  

Each of us brings to this community the gifts of truth, understanding, respect for others’ autonomy, responsibility, and love which sustain our individual spirituality. We are one in the Spirit:  a joyful mosaic of energy, light and service for our world. 

If you decide to worship with us, you may notice that we do things a bit differently. There is a traditional saying that tells us we pray as we believe.  Our worship reflects our core belief in the absolute equality of all people before God and the priesthood of all believers. In our interactive homilies, all are welcome to offer their reflections on the scriptures. 

Since the altar belongs to God, we believe in an open communion table where all are fed.  We do our best to pray in gender - inclusive language.  All of our prayers reflect our belief that Spirit invites us to inner freedom.  Secure in that knowledge, we are empowered to go forth into the world as signs of God’s love and mercy. 

Please visit our website 
www.smmcommunity.org for more information.

 


Spirit of Life: A Catholic Community of Justice & Joy
Weston MA
Contact: Jean Marie Marchant

 revjean@spiritoflifecommunity.org
 508-877-6090

The Spirit of Life Community is co-pastored by Jean Marchant and Ron Hindelang. We have journeyed together since February 2007. Since then, we have grown in numbers, but most especially in our relationship with God and with one another. We meet every Sunday in the Congregational Church of Weston, that graciously shares their sacred space us. Mass begins at  4:00PM (fall and winter) and 5:00pm (spring and summer).  When the clocks change, our time for liturgy changes! Following our liturgies we gather for conversation and refreshments, to allow the spirit of our celebration to echo. In addition to our weekly Eucharistic Liturgy, we gather monthly for Spiritual Enrichment Discussions and our priests, Jean & Ron, are available for sacramental ministry, spiritual direction, and pastoral counseling. We welcome all visitors to our liturgies and encourage you to visit our website, www.SpiritofLifeCommunity.org. If you wish, we would be happy to add your name to our email list to receive our weekly reflections.


Church of the Holy Spirit:
A Catholic Welcoming Community of Hope
Greater Manchester NH
Contact: Rev. Theresa Novak Chabot, M.A.
RevTheresa@sacramentalservices.com

Church of the Holy Spirit, a Catholic Welcoming Community of Hope, was founded in August of 2010. Committed to celebrating inclusive liturgies that welcome all to the Eucharistic table as equals, inclusive Catholic Mass is celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on the second Sundays of the month in house and in church settings. (Check website for details on location and time as schedule may vary with the season.) Priest available for baptisms, weddings, wedding vow renewals, anointing of the sick, reconciliation, funerals, memorial services. Please call us on 603-391-6144 and/or visit our website at www.sacramentalservices.com


New Jerusalem Community
Wilmington DE
Contact: Maryrose Petrizzo
maryrose60@comcast.net
302-528-5611

The New Jerusalem Community is an inclusive Eucharistic community,  gathering in the Roman Catholic tradition since 2012.  Our community has liturgy on the 4th Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm in the Calvary Episcopal Church (Hillcrest),
304 Lore Ave., Wilmington, DE.

Maryrose is available to provide sacraments and ceremonies (weddings, funerals, anointing of the sick) and is also available for spiritual direction.

 


Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community
Fort Myers FL
Contact: Judy Lee
239-565-6173

The Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community of Fort Myers, Florida is a rainbow community of people of all races, ages, sexual orientations and socioeconomic status serving the community and worshiping our loving God together. Our charism is serving the poorest in our community including those who are homeless. We also offer a Hospitality House as a temporary respite for members in danger of homelessness. Good Shepherd Community is presently served by Rev. Judith Beaumont, Rev. Dr. Judy Lee, and Rev. Teresa Sanchez. Call 239-565-6173 for further details and Mass times.


Inclusive Catholic Community
Sag Harbor NY

Contact: Eda Lorello
631-725-8093

We are a small house church, and we celebrate Eucharistic liturgy every Sunday in the home of our presiding pastor. We celebrate the sacraments, including weddings and baptisms. Spiritual direction is also offered to those who seek it. For information on our services – dates, times and location – please call Rev. Eda Lorello on (631) 725-8093.