Our Mission Statement at Most Holy Redeemer
Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic tradition. The parish draws people from isolation to community, from searching to awakening, from indifference to concern, from selfishness to meaningful service, from fear in the midst of adversity to faith and hope in God.
The community of Most Holy Redeemer shares God’s compassionate love with all people. The parish offers a spiritual home to all: senior citizens and youth; single people and families; those who are straight, gay, lesbian, and transgendered; the healthy and the sick, particularly persons with HIV disease.
As a parish community, we celebrate God’s loving presence in our lives. In worship and sacrament, especially the Eucharist, we are nurtured and challenged to extend God’s kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace by growing in the spirit of Jesus, the Most Holy Redeemer.
Fr. Matt’s Message
The Gospel on this Fourth Sunday of Advent presents Mary as the model of believers. Mary said ‘yes’ to all that would happen to her, with no conditions attached. She didn’t say, “yes, but”… Mary’s reply to God’s messenger was immediate and total. She didn’t ask for more time as we sometimes do. Through her generous and trust-filled obedience, Mary brought Christ into our world. A mother says ‘yes’ to the new life within her and brings forth a new human person into the world.
Making Christmas Happen
Every time we give our ‘yes’ to God’s call we, in our own unique way, make Jesus more present in our world. This is the deeper meaning of Christmas – a present feast filled with creative energy and generous love. It is safe to say that Christmas happens because we, by responding to God’s call, make it happen.
In these last days before Christmas when our calendars are so full, our faith invites us to mindfulness. Take a few moments and gratefully remember the different ways in which you have been able to make Christmas happen in the lives of other people. To whom or what has the Lord called you to be present? How have you become the face of love and kindness for others? Where have you brought goodness into the world? Mary herself proclaimed that she was the handmaid of the Lord. Mary knew her goodness came from God and was willing to claim her proper role as one who serves God and others.
As we look at those times we have said ‘yes,’ it is good to thank God for the grace we’ve been given to be strong for others in their weakness and in their need. God has put us into the lives of certain others so that we might show them the face of Christ. May God continue to give us the strength and perseverance we need to bring kindness and comfort to those we meet along the way.
Advent blessings and wishes for a Happy and Holy Christmas!