Mass slated

CHARLOTTE — A Catholic, LGBT-inclusive mass and celebration will be held on July 27, 7 p.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St.

Celebrant of the 15th Annual Mass of Celebration will be Fr. David Brzoska of St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country in Boone, along with Retired Bishop Emeritus William Curlin, Rev. Pat Earl, S.J., Rev. Thomas McDonnell S.J., Rev. Conrad Hoover and other participating Diocesan priests.

Bishop Curlin will deliver the homily (sermon). Clint Hunche, a member of the parish’s LGBT community and religious educational director for the church who died Feb. 10, will be memorialized during the services. Hunche was adored by both adults and children alike and contributed greatly to the welfare of the parish. His funeral mass was an example of how far his outreach extended with it’s overflowing sanctuary of people who came to pay their last respects.

This event is sponsored by the Diocesan Ministry for Gay and Lesbian Catholics and is open to the public. This ministry was started by Fr. Gene McCreesh, Fr. Richard Allen and Bishop Curlin to address the needs of its LGBT members throughout the diocese. The mass was established in 1996 as part of the Diocese of Charlotte’s spiritual outreach to the gay and lesbian community.

Beneficiary of collections taken up during the service will go to Time Out Youth. A reception will follow downstairs in Biss Hall. Parking is free in The Green parking garage adjacent to the church.

For more information, call Marco Cippoliti at 704-598-9669.

Pastor wants Bank of America support

CHARLOTTE — Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte’s Rev. James C. Leach sent a message on June 28 to his denomination’s Standing on the Side of Love Campaign and other supporters asking them to request companies based in North Carolina to oppose discriminatory legislation that seems sure to be introduced in the fall.

There is already a petition drive afloat at, but more pressure is needed to stave off this approaching threat.

Leach feels that Bank of America is one of the most influential and powerful businesses that could be beneficial in this fight. He said, “While the bank is progressive in offering same-sex partner benefits, they need to understand that offering this benefit without also opposing this legislation leaves their LGBT employees vulnerable and creates an environment that is bad for business.”

He implores everyone to call Bank of America spokesperson Scott Silvestri at 980-388-9921, asking him to convince CEO Brian Moynihan, along with other executives, to say no to the the anti-LGBT amendment.

A suggested script to use is: “Hello, my name is (supply your name). (If you are a customer at Bank of America please say that.) I am calling to urge CEO Brian Moynihan and others at the bank to oppose the effort to add an anti-gay amendment to the North Carolina state constitution. Please ask Mr. Moynihan and others to publicly denounce the amendment because it is bad for Bank of America’s customers, bad for Bank of America’s employees and bad for business. Thank You.”

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988,...