Can Catholicism Be Inclusive?

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Father Rich Danyluk celebrates Mass at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in San Dimas, California.

This conversation between Father Rich and Krysta Gibson says, “Yes.”

Hear the Interview!

Many people who read New Spirit Journal were raised in traditional religions that for one reason or another rejected them or assigned them a position in the raging fires of hell. Some even call themselves recovering Catholics or Mormons or Baptists. This past Christmas I had an experience that prompted me to interview Father Rich, pastor of a Catholic Church in San Dimas, California. Here’s what happened.

Fr. Rich Danyluk

On Christmas eve, my sister-in-law, her husband and children were going to a Christmas service and asked if I would like to go with them. I declined. When they returned, my sister-in-law handed me the church bulletin and said I would be interested in reading the back page. She was right, and after I read it I decided I had to interview the pastor of this church. Here is what was in that bulletin. Then listen in as we find out more about Father Rich and his ministry.

Incomplete without You

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no hablo inglés. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. 

You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. 

We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there, too. If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. 

We welcome those are inked, pierced, or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and ended up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you!

Father Rich welcomes your contact if you have questions for him or would like to comment on this interview. He can be reached via email at frrich@hnmparish.org. The church’s website is: www.hnmparish.org

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  1. Angela Stephens on

    I am very blessed to be a parishioner at Holy Nmae of Mary. Father Rich has such an amazing and sincere view on faith. He has helped me with my relationship with God. Thank you Father Rich!

  2. Noreen Brooks on

    Have just had the privilege of listening to Fr Rich s wonderful interview. Such an honest ,humble ,and inspiring talk . Would love to be a parishioner in Holy Name of Mary .i have actually spoken with Fr Rich some years ago albeit it on the phone and from Ireland . I remember his reassurances and his genuine concern and help . So so delighted to have found this tonight as I browsed my Face book Modern technology is wonderful .!! Thank you. Noreen Brooks.

  3. Father Rich sounds like someone I would like to know. A sincere, loving, real person who happens to be a priest. I very much enjoyed the interview. When I get to California, I will look him up.

  4. Teresa Boeck on

    I am a parishioner in Holy Name of Mary church and I feel so blessed to have all the priests we have there. Fr. Rich along with the other priests in HNM are so welcoming and genuine in their caring for ALL the people that enter through the church’s doors.

    Thank you for interviewing Fr. Rich, it was great and as always he has a lot of good things to say!

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