Dignity Washington Virtual Sunday Mass

Dignity Washington, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, records/posts Mass each week. The Mass is posted online to our Dignity Washington Facebook Page and our Dignity Washington YouTube every Sunday afternoon.

We invite you to join us in our celebration, to comment and share reflections, and to stay connected with our community. Both the YouTube and Facebook recordings can be viewed without an account, but you do need an account to comment.


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Ways to Contribute to Dignity Washington

Dignity Washington is a registered, designated, charitable organization with AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon that allows users to choose from the same selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as available on Amazon.com.

The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customer. NO additional cost is passed on to the consumer. Please consider Dignity Washington as your charitable organization when you shop on AmazonSmile.

Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the world. Over the past fifty years, the CFC has raised more than $7 billion to help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world. The CFC of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) is the local campaign for federal employees in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Universal Giving (UG) was launched in 2014 and remains active. Through UG, federal employees can donate to any CFC-approved charity in the country, in addition to the 4,400 local, national, and international charities that are part of the National Capital Area. No matter what causes federal workers cherish, they can find CFC-participating charities that are meaningful to them.

Federal employees have raised over $50 million – funds that provided promising futures, an improved world, and better communities. If you participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), please consider contributing to Dignity Washington. Our designation number is 46786.

Donations to Dignity Washington are fully tax deductible. If you would like a year-end receipt for your donations, please use the offering envelopes provided in the back of the church.

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Job Opening – Communications Coordinator

Dignity Washington is looking to hire a paid, part-time Communications Coordinator to promote public awareness of Dignity Washington and its mission. Communications will focus on current and upcoming activities (as well as reporting on recent events) to Dignity Washington members, and to the LGBTQIA+, Catholic, and broader public through various media (e.g., press releases, social media, etc).

Position Summary: To promote public awareness of Dignity Washington, its mission, and its past, current, and upcoming activities.
A full position summary is located at: bit.ly/DWCommsCord

To apply, send a cover letter addressing your experience and your resume to dignity@dignitywashington.org.

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Committee on Aging

Dignity Washington, through the work of its Committee on Aging, offers a variety of services to our brothers and sisters who are aging, ill, and/or in need of special assistance. We depend on our fellow members to keep us informed.

If you know of a community member who could use some assistance and attention because of illness or aging, whether on a short- or long-term basis, please contact one of the members of the Committee on Aging. We are also are looking for people who have skills to offer that may be able to assist those in need. If you or someone you know is interested please reach out to the committee members as well.

Jim Sweeney (202) 320-6077 Jim@TheSweeneyTeam.com
Curt Thorstensen (847) 644-1679 curtthorstensen@gmail.com
David Lamdin (703) 243-2350 dalamdin@aol.com
James Bedore (202) 667-3962 James9999@Verizon.net
John Fegan (202) 291-2277 johnfegan1@verizon.net
Len Latham (202) 554-0531 june3baby@hotmail.com

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Next Steps: Coming Out Discussion Group

Next Steps is in a process of discerning how best to serve the needs of our community. Any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas are greatly appreciated. Please speak to Mike O’Donnell, Jim Sweeney, or Jerry Fath. As a reminder, the Pastoral Care Team is always available for personal and spiritual concerns. Please see any of the members of the Pastoral Care Team: Henry Huot, Alexei Michalenko, or Jerry Fath.


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Dignity/Washington at Women’s March


A group from Dignity/Washington met at the Dignity Center and joined the historic Women’s march on January 21.
Thank you to everyone who joined Dignity/Washington for the Women’s March on Washington. Dignity/Washington was also happy to host a lovely group of people from Chattanooga, TN, at the Dignity Center for the weekend. Those of you who were in attendance understand the energy and electricity that everyone felt.



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Defender’s Mass on January 15

The Defender’s Philosophy

We believe that Christian LGBT persons, who are into
Leather/Levi, can express their sexuality in a manner
consistent with Christ’s teachings hence the name
“Defenders.” We represent another
face of Catholicism and defend our right
to express ourselves in a variety of ways.

Leather is an integral part of our being as well as our spirituality.
We believe it would be hypocritical to deny our affinity for leather and the
images connoted by it.

It would be just as hypocritical to ignore
our spiritual side when we wear
our leather. Just as Jesus challenged the traditional limits
of religion in His day, we believe
our role challenges the traditional
concept of religion today.

For more information on the
Defenders, please contact Tom
Yates at Tom.Yates.53@Comcast.net.

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Women’s March on Washington


Dignity/Washington will organize a group to march in the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21, at 10:00 am. The group will meet at 9:00 am at the Dignity Center and will join other attendees at the starting point of the march (at Independence Ave and 3rd St SW).

If you would like to participate, please email Vin Testa at vtesta914@gmail.com.

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Join Dignity/Washington for Drag Bingo Jan. 24

After a successful and exciting event last year, Dignity/Washington is teaming up again with the lovely staff at Nellie’s Sports Bar for their Tuesday night Drag Bingo on January 24, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

There will be limited seating at the Dignity table and Drag Bingo usually fills up quickly on a normal night, so please arrive early in order to get yourself a seat!

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Share Your Lenten Reflections


Thanks to EVERYONE who volunteered to write a reflection for our Lenten Reflection
Booklet! All 46 daily readings have been spoken for! Remember that the deadline is February 5, but early submissions are appreciated.  Send all reflections and questions or concerns to

This year’s Lenten Reflection Series will be held on Tuesdays in Lent beginning March 7
and run through April 11.  Sessions will be from 7:00 – 8:30, at the Dignity Center,
with a simple soup supper served beginning at 6:30.  The series will explore our own coming out stories and
parallel how they, like the Exodus event, shape all of the subsequent ways we understand God,
our community, and ourselves.

If you have any questions, please see Denis Pringle or Jeff Vomund.

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