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Vision

Based at Our Lady of Lourdes’ Parish in Toronto, Canada, All Inclusive Ministries (AIM) is a welcoming, safe, and affirming Catholic community. We serve as a bridge between the Church and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. We also welcome their families and friends.

We envision a time when all the children of God participate fully in all aspects of life within the Church and society.

Mission

AIM hosts a monthly gathering every fourth Saturday of the month where people have an opportunity to share their stories, connect with others and celebrate the sacraments, most especially a monthly Mass where everyone can feel free to worship in a supportive environment.

Other programming that AIM provides includes opportunities for community life, outreach, education, and spiritual growth (e.g. Christmas gathering, promotional events, lectures, film screenings, workshops, and spiritual exercises).

AIM encourages participation in other Parish ministries such as the Music Ministry, Social Justice Ministry, the R.C.I.A, and the St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank.

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Values

AIM invites all baptized Catholics in the diversity of their sexual orientation to full participation in the life, worship, and mission of the Church. Our values center on our Catholic faith and include:

  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Sensitivity
  • Hospitality
  • Faith
  • Openness
  • Diversity

History

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics are a long standing and involved community within the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. We participate in all aspects of Parish life, including serving in a wide array of ministries and supporting the growth and formation of the Parish community. In addition, we have gathered together over the years to celebrate Mass, receive the Holy Sacraments and to connect, share and grow in our experience as one of the diverse communities within the Church.

AIM was formed in 2012, signalling the next exciting step in our growth as a formal ministry. We feel blessed by this renewal, and hope that our faith and community formation will continue to grow, strengthen and provide opportunities for broader outreach to lesbians, gays, and transgender persons.

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