Sundays are seen by many as a time to sleep in, sip coffee in bed, or lounge by the pool with a mimosa. For the gay community brunch is often the main sacrament of the day, which means waking up for services or Mass is a rare commitment. However, Father Mike La Lone of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion hopes to respectfully merge the two.
“We are a Christian community that does not discriminate against who comes to the table,” said La Lone. “Anyone who feels called by God is welcome. If you are looking for a church home visit us and see if St. Mary’s is the church for you.”
Recently the Florida Chancellor of the Ecumenical Catholic Council granted La Lone permission to found another parish in Wilton Manors. The Parish of St. Francis and Claire is a sister parish of St. Mary’s, run by Franciscans in communion with the ECC.
In addition to saying Mass, La Lone hopes to offer his services as a man-of-the-cloth to marry couples, even at The Manor if they so desire. La Lone has been married to his partner for almost four years, and would like to officiate at and share in the joy of marriage.
“We at The Manor built the complex for the community to use as a place for gathering and social use,” said General Manager Jason Tamanini. “A community center of sorts.”
Sunday Mass will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February, 27 and be over in time for brunch, which The Manor begins serving at 10 a.m.
Please visit StMarysECC.org for more information.