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 Weekly Message
We hear it and I say it so often, “Where does the time go?” Today we end the liturgical year with the victorious Christ. Christ the King is “the Alpha and the Omega,” (Revelations 1:8), the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Pope Pius XI established the solemnity of Christ the King in 1925. It celebrates an aspect of Jesus’ identity rather than an event in his life, and so is classed among the “idea feasts.” On this day, the Church celebrates Christ’s reign over all things. Pope Pius XI hoped to renew people’s faith by instituting this feast. He wrote on this occasion, “People are instructed in the truths of faith, and brought to appreciate the inner joys of religion far more effectively by the annual celebration of our sacred mysteries than by any pronouncement, however weighty, of the teaching of the Church. Such pronouncements usually reach only a few. Feasts reach them all. The former speak but once, but the latter (feasts) speak every year – in fact, forever.”
We begin a new liturgical year next week with the first Sunday of Advent. As we enter into the busyness of the holiday season, the pace of our lives increases as our calendars fill up quickly with preparations and celebrations. We make festive our homes and offices with holiday decorations and lights. I’ve been hearing Christmas carols since Halloween. Everything seems a little more loud and bright. And the church quiets herself. We may notice the environment in our beautiful church takes on more quiet and subdued tones. The change in our surroundings this coming season of Advent can serve as a reminder to quiet ourselves, to be more open to the gift of anticipation, the gift of quiet wonder, the gift of taking a few moments every day to rest in the peaceful and mysterious presence of God’s love. “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10).
May today’s triumphant feast, and the beauty of the coming season fill our hearts with all good. Allow your faith to be a source of strength, a source of blessing, a source of peace. It is then we can all be sources of strength, of blessing and of peace to one another, and to all we meet.
This season of giving thanks, the time and the events of the world keep me present in my gratitude and mindfulness. I am grateful for the precious gift of life. We are so fragile and it is important to walk gently. I am so grateful for the beautiful gift of our faith, which can give our lives deeper meaning. I am especially grateful for the gift of each one of you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Peace and blessings from your faithful and loving servant,