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. Jack’s Message
Matt and I have spoken often of our great surprise in getting to pastor and minister with this family and parish of Most Holy Redeemer. We are privileged to share ministry with a parish family of choice, a gathering of individuals mature in spiritual expression and want, an assembly rightfully suspicious of priestly leadership, and a collection of believers capable of criticizing, and at the same time, stand at the ready to do the right thing.
We are a busy parish. Sometimes our calendar gets a little crowded, and we uncomfortably bump into each other, but mostly we are quick to believe there’s a way to make this work, and we say, “We need to do this differently next time.”
This past Sunday’s celebration of the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica cause us to remember we are not merely a visible building but a visible church of human beings. Our church is visible in human communion, in our connections, when we act with compassion. We are Church in the proclamation of the Word (all of us preaching by word, prayer, and action) and in catechesis (sharing experience and thought). Our church is visible in worship: words of music and song, petition and praise, adoration and quiet, contemplation and centering prayer, all flowing from our common Baptism and faith.
Our church is visible in our works of mercy and consolation sometimes known to no one but the doer, sometimes to a few and sometimes by many, and most loudly in the gentle quiet ways between you as parishioners, between us (Shepherd and Flock), and always a ministry of All.
Communion to the home bound, Anointings of the Sick, Buena Vista Manor Masses and prayer services, small faith groups (some become family), baptisms, weddings, blessings, and funerals, Grief and Consolation links, Aids Support, peace and justice outreach, Women of MHR, Recovery meetings, a home for Castro seniors, a mailing address for our street family, RCIA, Reconnecting, communicating our events and our Story, an LGBTQ garden party, after Mass coffees, spaghetti cook off, and Wednesday night suppers. What a list, right? And I know there’s another list…all of those administrative, consultative and advisory committees, individual volunteers, those who step forward to lead and provide our liturgical ministries, those who set up and clean up, and those who attend.
Then there are the celebrations of the Lord’s Supper, truly us at our best. We pray to be complete in our Union with God when we are at Mass. The fullness of God is present when we gather and break open the Word, share the Kiss of Peace, and participate in the Body and Blood. Song puts words in our mouths of common praise and prayer. Music easily carries us to spiritual moments with God and one another.
Our brothers and sisters claimed in the resurrection of the dead are always in the Eucharist of our Table. You who belong from afar or from near who are prevented for whatever reason from being with us are in our prayer of intent, and mystically we are One, a miracle come true.