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.
This is the final week that we will be collecting household items at the weekend Masses for the International Refugee Committee welcome boxes. Please click on the flyer to see what our needs are for this weekend. Thank you for the overwhelming support!
Fr. Matt’s Message – September 25th, 2016
“And lying at the door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich person’s table” (Luke 16:20). How do we respond to such a parable when there are thousands of people in our city alone who are just like Lazarus – people who are homeless and hungry, dying of starvation and disease? When we hear these familiar scripture readings in Mass, it’s only natural to ask of ourselves, what can I do? What does my faith require of me. How do I respond to the needs of Lazarus in the many times I meet him or her each day?
This is the kind of story which can make us feel guilty that we haven’t done enough, or make us look the other way because we don’t know how to respond. One thing is clear – our faith calls us to respond in some fashion. We can choose to ignore Jesus’ message. That is a response. I think a better response for us is to struggle with its meaning, no matter how difficult that struggle might be.
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about someone else’s struggles. Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa) of Calcutta. She faced this very problem and struggled with it herself. For seventeen years she lived in Calcutta as a teacher and principal of a high school for girls. Outside those convent walls, the poor of Calcutta lived and died. Slowly she came to the realization that she could no longer stay within the protection of those convent walls while thousands of people were dying alone on the streets of Calcutta.
Her life is an image of the story which Jesus told us this morning. But unlike the rich man, Mother Teresa did not remain locked up in her comfort and security. She saw Lazarus outside of the gates. With courage and faith, she offered him whatever help she could. She was not perfect and her struggles and doubts were very real.
She said, “I never look at the thousands of people as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Maybe if I hadn’t picked up that one person I wouldn’t have picked up forty-two thousand. Whatever work I can do is only a drop in the ocean. But if I didn’t put that drop in, the ocean would be one drop less.”
None of us can feed the whole world. Each one of us can try to feed one person. None of us can respond to every request for assistance, help out every cause, or even assist every person we see who could use our help. But we do know this. It’s always better to do something than to do nothing. Don’t become overwhelmed with the huge and seemingly unsolvable problem of the poor and suffering. That’s when we get stuck and can end up doing nothing. When we get out there and do something, we do it in faith because none of us can fully know what an amazing difference our actions might make. How many lives we might touch; how far those seeds of love which we scatter may reach or what they may grow into. If each one of us just does something, then what a difference we can make.
One parishioner was telling me how she was not able to help out all of the people she meets each day. But she wants to do something. She is able to stop and say hello and talk with the person on the street. A word of kindness, a gentle acknowledgement, one human being to another, goes a long way Each of us is important when it comes to helping the poor. How and what we do; what we are able to do, it’s up to us. We have to decide in our own hearts what we can do, and then follow through. So, let’s make a difference, great or small. Let’s do something and let’s do it soon.
Thank you for all of the household items you have donated to our outreach to refugees and immigrants who are trying to start a new life. I am humbled and amazed at your generosity.
Don’t forget to bring your pets to church next weekend!
Have a beautiful week!
With love and prayers,