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CITI Newsletter – June 2021

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CITI Ministries NEWS

June 2021

Thought for the Day

Time stays still long enough for anyone who will use it.
– Leonardo da Vinci

Supporting our LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers

Our longtime Board Member Donna Podobinski celebrating Pride Month
with Dignity/Pittsburgh

Introducing CITI’s new Forum – CITI Chat

We are putting the finishing touches on CITI’s online Forum – CITI Chat, a great addition to our website. Anyone interested in participating can simply sign up by logging onto the website. In the near future, you will receive more information and instructions of how to log on so you can take part in the Forum and also record information on the Sacramental Registry.

For those of you who shop on Amazon

CITI Ministries is now listed as an AmazonSmile charity. Some of your purchases may be eligible through AmazonSmile. Simply select CITI Ministries as your charity, and we will receive a small (actually tiny) donation from your purchase. Here is some more information about this program:The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app. Recurring Subscribe & Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible to generate donations.

Remember, only purchases made at, (not or with AmazonSmile turned ON in the Amazon Shopping app on your mobile phone will generate AmazonSmile donations.

Liturgical Supplies

Though we no longer have a “store”, we do have many items that may be of value to you. Some of the items we have in stock are:
Stoles in vibrant colors – hand-made in Central America – new
Donated Alb and Stole
Anointing Oils & Oil stocks
Older Liturgical books and Sacramentaries
Certificates – Baptism, First Communion, etc.
The Bingo Report: Mandatory Celibacy and Clergy Sexual Abuse
by Louise Haggett 2005

If you are in need or interested in anything, please contact for more details

CITI Spotlight

The Living Beatitudes Community
a ministry of Dignity/Dayton
by Rev. Richard Young
The Living Beatitudes Community, a ministry of Dignity/Dayton, is an Intentional Eucharistic Community that began in 1975, when we first became a chapter of DignityUSA. At that time, our group was almost exclusively made up of gay men. In the late 90s, a married priest began to occasionally preside at our liturgies, and his wife attended with him. In time, other women started to join us along with other non-gay people. Now, our masses are much more diverse. On a typical Sunday, there are more women than men and more “straight” people than LGBTQ+ persons, and our attendance has been easily three times what it was in those early days.

Our website, says the following:

Our social and ecclesial diversity enhances our respect for each individual’s spiritual journey. All persons of different faith traditions are welcome. We seek the unity of all peoples and respect diverse sources of wisdom and spiritual inspiration. We believe there is more value in questioning than in absolute doctrines. We believe that Jesus gave us the example of a life lived for peace, inclusion and justice. Through sharing liturgical life and mutual support for one another, our members are strengthened to live Beatitude-inspired lives dedicated to spiritual growth and social commitment.

Currently there are two Roman Catholic Women Priests among us. One of them is among our four presiders, which includes me, a gay married priest.

I am deeply and genuinely proud of our community, which really strives to live the values of the Gospel, the Beatitudes. We have a very active social justice committee, a faith sharing group, a book club, and a liturgy committee that is dedicated to truly creative and inclusive liturgies. Several of our members have served on the DignityUSA Board of Directors, including me and my husband Bob, who is the current National Secretary. Other members routinely volunteer with various social service organizations in the Dayton area.

We are delighted to be listed among the faith communities on the CITI website. If any CITI priests or their families would like to pray with us, please contact me at During the COVID crisis, our weekly liturgies have been done on Zoom. However we hope that soon we will be able to return to in-person masses.

We Remember

Robert Haggett of Delaware – member since 2001
Clement Handron of North Carolina – member since 2007
William Murphy of Oregon – member since 2000

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