Fr. Richard Prendergast is pastor of St. Gertrude Parish in Chicago. 

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Why this pastor is grateful for his LGBTQ+ parishioners during COVID

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vatican decreed that the church cannot bless same-sex unions. That did not stop LGBTQ+ parishioners at a Chicago church from volunteering for numerous tasks to allow the church to reopen for services and keep the congregation safe.