Wanted: photographers to take pictures of St. Joseph’s parishioners at Gay Pride parade

As we’ve noted earlier, St. Joseph’s Young Adult Faith Community (affiliated with St. Joseph’s parish of Ottawa) is participating in Sunday’s Gay Pride parade in Ottawa.  They’re also recruiting participants to join them.

I’d like to do some recruiting of my own to document this event for the benefit of our Archbishop.

If you have some free time this Sunday, August 29th, would you consider taking pictures or video at the Gay Pride parade?  Specifically, we’d like pictures and videos of the parishioners of St. Joseph’s parish who will be there.  They might be carrying a banner to identify themselves.  After all, they are very proud of what they’re doing, right?

The intent is not to identify specific parishioners (I might even black-out their faces to preserve their anonymity).  Rather, I’d like to further document the fact that a Catholic parish group is participating in this event.  A picture is worth a thousand words, eh?  The evidence would be presented to the Archbishop of Ottawa to encourage him to have a chat with the good folks at St. Joe’s.  I think they could use a bit of shepherding on this issue.

Important note for our photographers: Remain discreet.  Do not engage the participants in the parade.  Do not scream at anybody.  Do not stare.  Do not confront anybody.  Remain undercover.  There will be hundreds of people watching the parade, many of them with cameras.  Just blend into the crowd so that nobody can tell you apart from everybody else.  There might be other Christians present who are serving in some ministry capacity by witnessing to homosexuals.  If so, let them do their good work and do not interfere.  That’s not your job on this day.  Your job is to just take pictures.

If you take some pictures or video, please get in touch with us afterward at pacheco377@gmail.com and we can make arrangements for the transmission of the images to Socon or Bust.  The anonymity of the photographers is guaranteed.

23 thoughts on “Wanted: photographers to take pictures of St. Joseph’s parishioners at Gay Pride parade

  1. The reason why Peter denied Jesus was primarily because he exposed himself to the occasion of sin. Had he stayed closer looking for the Virgin Mary or in prayer, probably he had not had the chance to create that moment of suffering, loneliness, and betrayal to Jesus Christ after all He had done for him and for us.

    I personally believe that it is not the way to go and challenge our beloved brothers for whom we must pray every day.

    Let’s expose an extreme situation. A fight starts in the middle of the parade and one of the Catholics from the Parish gets killed. Does he become automatically a martyr for what he exposed to?

    If some of you guys and gals planning to go to the parade is married or have children, I tell you that your duty, where God wants you that day is in the midst of your families, taking care of them and playing with them, instead of trying to become local heroes.

  2. Don’t worry, Juan-Carlos, there won’t be any confrontation. Our observers will discretely blend into the crowd. They won’t argue with anybody or confront anybody. They’ll be undercover. There will be hundreds of people watching on the sidewalks, many of them with cameras. Nobody will be able to identify our team from the rest of the crowd.

  3. Paul, thank you for pointing out my typo. It must be nice to have such wonderful observation skill. Too bad it fails you when looking at intrinsic evils.

  4. Paul, I find it fascinating that you are so strongly opposed. After all, it’s not like I’m funding abortion activists in Nicaragua. I don’t see a problem here. The folks at St. Joe’s are obviously very proud of what they’re doing so they shouldn’t mind if we spread the news of their pride.

  5. I believe that the homosexual act is a grave sin, and to actively support and promote such acts in society as a moral lifestyle is to follow the Devil into the mouth of Hell itself.

    I call on everyone involved in such a shameful display of sin and death to repent and reject Satan and all his lies.

  6. Then Steve, I will be praying for all of you from home.

    Give every person you see there the love of Christ at least when you see them, Pray in silence for each person you see there, asking the Lord for their salvation.

    Who knows on each of them, where the detour took place. At early age, when they teenagers, or in college or university. Who knows? Only God who is always merciful and ready to pardon the worst of the sins as long as the person repents and ask for forgiveness in a true detach and loving act of suplication.

    May God bless you all.

    Juan-Carlos

  7. Thank you for your prayers, Juan-Carlos. We will be praying for everybody there. All we really want is for them to repent and embrace Jesus. Alerting the Archbishop is just one step in that direction by getting the parish back on the right path.

  8. I debated whether or not to post a comment on the comments already posted here. I became aware of the current controversy at St. Joe’s Parish because of the latest SOCON emailing. As a former St.Joe’s parishioner, and still a practising Catholic I deplore the level of carping displayed in some comments posted about others’ comments. Grammatical errors? Oh, please…. Can this cyber “conversation” be taken seriously? Can the people posting comments here be considered “sober” Catholics and Christians? Didn’t Jesus himself say,”You who are without sin cast the first stone.”? Do Catholics/Christians not learn to hate the sin and not the sinner? Perhaps individual and group examinations of conscience might be in order. St. Joseph’s Parish community, in communion with the Oblate order, has been a leader in outreach and service to poor, homeless, disenfranchised, marginalized, mental health-challenged individuals in Ottawa for more than 30 years. When was the last time your parish welcomed any of these, or fed and clothed any of them? What is the focus of your parishes’ charism/vision/”mission statement?”
    The current “scandal” is nothing new to the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Does the phrase “Mind your own business!” resonate with any who have commented, or will comment on this matter. And, yes, Bishop Douglas Crosby omi is a former
    pastor at St. Joseph’s. However, his canonical jurisdiction is Goose Bay-Labrador Diocese.

  9. I debated whether or not to post a comment on the comments already posted here. I became aware of the current controversy at St. Joe’s Parish because of the latest SOCON emailing. As a former St.Joe’s parishioner, and still a practising Catholic I deplore the level of carping displayed in some comments posted about others’ comments. Grammatical errors? Oh, please…. Can this cyber “conversation” be taken seriously? Can the people posting comments here be considered “sober”. Catholics and Christians? Didn’t Jesus himself say,”You who are without sin cast the first stone.”? Do Catholics/Christians not learn to hate the sin and not the sinner? Perhaps individual and group examinations of conscience might be in order.

    I am always amazed when liberals “deplore” and are maximally offended at the slightest dig, but have negligible concern for maximum offenses against the natural moral law. Sodomy, you see, is not nearly as offensive as chiding someone for making grammatical mistakes. The latter is for deploring while the former is for tolerating.

    St. Joseph’s Parish community, in communion with the Oblate order, has been a leader in outreach and service to poor, homeless, disenfranchised, marginalized, mental health-challenged individuals in Ottawa for more than 30 years. When was the last time your parish welcomed any of these, or fed and clothed any of them? What is the focus of your parishes’ charism/vision/”mission statement?”

    I’m not sure about the other posters’ parishes on this thread, but I will put my parish, St. Maurice Church, up against any parish in the city as far a vibrancy of living the Catholic faith. Be that as it may, our complaint is hardly directed at serving the poor and homeless. Our complaint is against a major departure from Catholic teaching. Why is it that liberals always resort to diversion when they don’t want to admit they are wrong?

    The current “scandal” is nothing new to the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Does the phrase “Mind your own business!” resonate with any who have commented, or will comment on this matter.

    Actually, no, this phrase does not and should not reasonate with Catholics at all. I see it doesn’t reasonate when the Church feeds the poor. Why then should it reasonate when we admonish the ignorant? Or do you prefer to accept one of the acts of mercy and reject the other? Besides, “mind your own business” is basically what Cain told God when God asked him where his brother was.

    And, yes, Bishop Douglas Crosby omi is a former pastor at St. Joseph’s. However, his canonical jurisdiction is Goose Bay-Labrador Diocese.

    Who cares? The fact is that that is the environment he walked into and that is the environment he left. There’s a very sordid history at St. Joseph’s, unfortunately.

  10. daniel, are we proposing to put anyone to death? No. So your question “Didn’t Jesus himself say,’You who are without sin cast the first stone.’? ” is irrelevant.

    Yes, Roman Catholics do learn to hate the sin and not the sinner, which is why Roman Catholics should oppose the gay pride parade because it is essentially a celebration of not only the homosexual act, but also of the homosexual lifestlye and the destruction of the holy institution of marriage and family as God has handed it down to us: one man married to one woman. This is why the Roman Catholic cannot turn a blind eye to the attempt at accepting any other form of family as moral in society. Where would the poor, homeless, disenfranchised, marginalized, and mental health-challenged individuals be without the strong families that form the foundation of all society? I invite you to think about it.

  11. “Mind your own business” is the antithesis of Christianity. We intervene because we care and we don’t want any soul to be lost.

    Look at it this way, Daniel, if Christians minded their own business, the Apostles would never have preached the Gospel.
    You would never have been evangelized.
    Mother Teresa would have stayed home and watched TV rather than help the poor.
    Jean Vanier would have never helped the mentally disabled.
    Heck, Jesus himself would have never bothered to come down from Heaven to save us.

  12. I just read something in the Ottawa Citizen, “Ottawa takes Capital Pride all in stride”, and I thought it was quite disturbing. I feel so sad that so many, it seems, have accepted all kinds of evil and wickedness as a cause for celebration. But I never will, so help me God. I don’t care if every single last person on the planet wants to celebrate “gay pride”, I never will.

  13. “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, and lead all souls into Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy Mercy.”

    “Mary, Seat of Wisdom,
    Pray for us.”

  14. So, John, let’s pray that the time for the second coming of Jesus happens quickly as He said “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Lk 18,8 … or also, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Mt 24,22

    So, this is serious stuff. I read as the article in the news and when the mentioned that even toddlers were there, it broke my heart.

    Has anyone have the following article to share here? “The Truth About the Homosexual Rights Movement”, by Roland G Lee I read it the other day in Spanish and that is a real eye opener about the topic.

  15. Glad to see those charitable responses to my original post. Lectures, lectures, lectures…. “Someone” seems to have done their “homework” on the sordid history of St. Joseph’s! But if “one” looks at the history of this Archdiocese, she/he will see that homosexuality has touched other parishes, priests [ex-priests??] and parishioners. And don’t forget that sexual pariahs/predators don’t restrict their activities to males, or even to the priesthood for that matter. Catholics/Christians so readily attack clergy for immoral acts, sometimes forgetting that clergy comprise only a small percentage of the population, and that sexual deviance is more prevalent among the “lay” population. For example, what happened in Prescott, ON approximately 20 years or so ago, where the whole community was affected/implicated, and families torn apart by the abuse of young children at a daycare centre.
    While Mother Teresa, Jean Vanier, Jesus and the apostles may not have “minded their own business,” they and so many others in the history of Christianity and Catholicism have and had a special charism to serve those they served–including, the poor, lame, sick, outcast, lepers, blind, prostitutes, polygamists, AIDS patients…. Do have a care about removing the splinter in another’s eye, when there’s a hulking big plank in your own.

    Oremus pro invicem!

  16. Hi daniel,

    If there homosexual issues in other parishes, as you claim, please come forth with your evidence and we’ll gladly blog about it. We’re currently writing about St. Joe’s because we have hard evidence. I won’t start rumours or gossip about another parish unless I have proof. That’s not how we work.

    True, there are plenty of perverts among the laity. Again, we don’t have as much evidence on that because it doesn’t get the same publicity. But even if we did, it would still not be as severe as sexual deviancy among the clergy, for several reasons. First, each priest is called to shepherd hundreds if not thousands of souls. When he screws up, the damage done to the flock is ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE more severe than when an unknown lay person commits the same sin. That’s why Jesus said that when the shepherd is struck, the sheep are scattered (Mark 14:27).

    As for Mother Teresa and Jean Vanier, they would be horrified at what’s happening at St. Joe’s. Yes, Jesus was compassionate and welcome of everybody. But he always called them to CHANGE. That might be hard for some people to accept, that they have to change, but that’s the reality for all of us Christians.

    Why did Jesus hang out with sinners and outcasts? He said it himself: ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’ (Mark 2:17) So he calls us “sick” and “sinners” and he is the “physician” who will change us to make us better. That’s Christianity 101.

    Christ loves us as we are now, but he wants something better for us so he calls us to conversion and growth, not stagnation in our sins. Indeed, he calls us to be saints. So for St. Joe’s to welcome homosexuals but to not call them to change is very un-Christian.

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