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
As we enter into our sacred places and moments we strive to connect with God and with one another in worship and prayer and in our thoughts and our concern. We know that the church isn’t the only place where these connections happen. In our hearts and in our lives we long for what is good and right. Our expressions of love, concern and care for our sisters and brothers, our desire to live our lives in such ways that make the world a better place, our call to do good and to be good, all of these keep us connected to the workings of God and the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit. The feast of the Holy Trinity reminds us that we are truly children of God. Today, we celebrate this profound, mysterious and affirming relationship in the Holy Trinity.
As a child I was taught that we are all invited to become coworkers with God. This usually happens in simple and everyday ways. A word of welcome, an act of kindness, an offer or gesture of friendship and love to another; making efforts to find forgiveness and healing where our relationships are broken; reaching out to help someone less fortunate or someone in need. When we live this way, we are keeping our faith alive, living out our call to live holy lives, imitating the relationship of the Trinity.
God is the infinite fountain of love, a love which flows between each of the persons in God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the 2nd Eucharistic prayer, we call on God as the fount of all holiness. This fountain of holy love flows over into all of creation. When we let this love flow into our lives, motivating us to give of our loving energies, we become more and more like God. It is then we realize that God is closer to us than we ever expected. God is truly a part of us. In the words of St. Paul: It is “In God we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)
Sir Isaac Newton, toward the end of his life said of his achievements: “I don’t know what I appear like to the world, but to myself I am like a little boy playing on the seashore, finding amusement in occasionally finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary ones, and all the while the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.”
We’re all beginners, children playing on the seashore. The more we learn and grow, the greater that ocean of mystery becomes. We begin to encounter and slowly plumb the depths of the mystery of this Triune God, not just in the world around us, but in the world within us.
God is a God of love. That is something so important to know about God. As we give out our beautiful little hearts we received at Mass last weekend, we do our part to invite others to come, to pray with us, to know us, we express our desire to share God’s inclusive love. God loves us, not because we are good, but because God is good. God’s unconditional love for us is the Good News. Our response can only be one of trust in God and love towards one another.
Many of you have met Sr. Irma Dillard, RSCJ. Sr. Irma is a very familiar face at our Wednesday Night Suppers, serving up a hot bowl of soup with her beautiful smile that can light up a room. Sr. Irma has been working these past months with our Pastoral Staff and our Parish Pastoral Council. I am so happy to announce that Sr. Irma will become a permanent member of our Pastoral Team in the position of Director of Mission. I look forward to working with Sister as we welcome her to our parish staff. When you see her, please welcome her as well.
To each one of you, thank you for all you do for our parish family. It is truly a blessing and a privilege to minister and serve with you at this place, MHR, a place we all call home!
Have a beautiful week!
With love and prayers,