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.

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Mary, Undoer of Knots,

Pray for Us.

through your grace

your intercession

and example,

deliver us from all evil,

Our Lady,

and untie the knots that

prevent us from being

united with God,

so that we, free

from sin and error

may find him in all things,

may have our hearts

placed in him,

and may serve him always

in our brothers and sisters.


Fr Matt’s Message

When Pope Francis, then Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was studying in Germany, he was captivated by a Bavarian painting of “Holy Mary, Our Lady Undoer of Knots.” He brought this image and this prayer back home to Argentina and taught this special devotion to the Church. This theology of our Heavenly Mother untying knots goes back to the second century. An ancient teaching and prayer of the church, it is still so relevant today.

Ash Wednesday brings with it the beginning of Lent, just 2 weeks away and the pace of our lives really never seems to slow down. With Jesus, the pace of life also seemed to quicken. Jesus didn’t waste any time or risk missing any opportunity. Truth was spoken, hearts beat faster, people revealed their suffering, miracles helped put people and creation back in right order. The world changed forever! This is what the crowds describe in Mark’s Gospel as “teaching with authority.” Not just good words. And even more than Scripture and tradition. The teaching of Jesus was confirmed by actions that did what he said would be done: reveal the Kingdom in our midst.

In last week’s bulletin I reflected on Psalm 25, “Teach us your ways O Lord,” and the challenge we are given to listen, discern, and to do our unique part to build up the Kingdom. This week we listen to the words if Psalm 95, “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” We are called and we are empowered to do our part to continue to reveal God’s Kingdom.

MHR is our home and gratefully, we are all in this together. I invite you to cut out the prayer, “Mary, Undoer of Knots,” from your bulletin and post it on your bathroom mirror, on your fridge, or some other place where it might catch your eye and your heart each day. I will use this beautiful prayer and image as a Lenten devotion. Let us all continue to seek and find unity in prayer. Please consider uniting your heart and spirit with your sisters and brothers in Christ by spending 5 minutes each day praying for our parish. Please join in this prayer of Mary, Undoer of Knots.

We all get tangled up and tied up in the busyness and the fullness of life. Prayer brings order to our days and brings peace into our hearts. As we continue to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, our Most Holy Redeemer, we “place our hearts in him” as we do our part to reveal his Kingdom in our midst.  May hope fill our minds, our hearts, and our imaginations as we meet in prayer.

With love, prayers and God’s blessing,

Fr. Matt

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