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
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself”
How are you doing with that? If you are anything like me, it is a command that is not always so easy to keep because of those two little words “as yourself”. I think most of us try to love our neighbor, but when it comes to loving ourselves we often fall short. I wonder if it is because we sometimes confuse loving ourselves with being selfish.
I believe that positive self-love means knowing what our real needs are and attempting to look after those needs. Some needs are obvious such as proper rest and nutrition, health care, intellectual stimulation and exercise. Others, while just as important, might not seem so obvious – the need for quiet, a spirit of reflection, friendship and community, worship, healthy boundaries and so on. We need to discover both the obvious and the not so obvious needs that we have. We who are believers know that to meet our needs is to be true to who we are as children of God. Our bodies are meant to function in the way they were created. Not everyone is going to have a body capable of running a marathon or lifting five hundred pounds. But we all need enough rest, proper nutrition, and restorative recreation.
When it comes to caring for our spirit, it can be pretty easy to become a spiritual couch potato. Authentic spirituality acknowledges the relationship between God and ourselves. We strengthen and grow that relationship through active prayer, reflection, reading, and just as important, interacting with other good and loving people.
Next weekend we are invited to interact with each other on a creative level. The Most Holy Redeemer Art Show and Sale is a chance for us to come together to share and appreciate some of the creative works and efforts of our community. I always loved “Arts and Crafts” class and I am digging deep and trying to offer my own creative expression (I’m definitely more craftsy than artsy, but I think that is okay). Please stop by Ellard Hall and be a part of the Most Holy Redeemer Annual Art Show and Sale.
During this weekend of the arts, Haunted by God: The Dorothy Day Story is being presented in the church at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, 11/2. This wonderful dramatic presentation on the life of Dorothy Day, founder of The Catholic Worker is one you won’t want to miss.
In the midst of the fullness of time and the busyness of life, pause for a moment or two throughout the day and just love. Practice Jesus’ command to love. Pause for a moment and send out a loving prayer for your neighbor. And don’t forget to pause and take a moment to love yourself.
Have a beautiful and blessed week.
With love and prayers,