Please join us for the OSP Winter Social on Wednesday, January 31st, at Rise Bar, which is located at 9th Avenue at 56th Street in (you guessed it!) Hell’s Kitchen. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your old friends in the OSP community and to meet new friends as well. Please join us, especially if you are a newcomer to the OSP community! All are welcome.
We are happy to announce the opening of registration for this year’s OSP retreat, to be held at the San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, NJ. The retreat will be held from February 9th through February 11th, and transportation to and from the retreat house will be provided.
The retreat is an opportunity for OSP members to spend a weekend in mutual growth and shared reflection as a community. This year, like the Following Jesus in Relationships series, the theme of the retreat will focus on our relationships as LGBTQ people.
The cost of the retreat is $150, although scholarships are available and no person will be turned away due to financial considerations. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please email OSP@stpaultheapostle.org; your request will be confidential. Please note, the actual cost of the retreat is $250, so please consider paying the full cost if you are able to do so without hardship. You can make payment by FaithDirect at https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/NY539/27479, or please give a check made out to Church of St. Paul the Apostle to any member of the OSP ministry team. To register for the retreat, please go to https://goo.gl/forms/4Qyg2dbJQfmVmg0j1.
Feedback from prior retreats has always been uniformly positive, and many members of the OSP community have found the retreat to be transformational and affirming in their spiritual development as LGBTQ people. We hope you will join us.
On any given night in New York City, there are an estimated 100 kids at the Children’s Center waiting for a foster home. We are happy to announce that OSP’s own Tim Jefferson will lead us in a discussion of the important topic of foster parenting in our city. Come hear the stories of some of those youth, and of the couples and individuals who took them in. The panel of youth, foster parents and social workers will share their experiences and speak of the need for loving, LGBT affirming homes in New York City.
This will be held in the St. Paul’s Parish Center after the 5:15pm Mass.