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
Summer is that season when many of us hope for the pace of things to slow down just a bit so we can catch up on the busyness of full lives. Many of us take the time to travel to visit loved ones and to have some time for vacation. I have many wonderful childhood memories of summer vacations with my family. My siblings and I have been going through old photographs and reliving some of those wonderful memories.
I wonder if you have you ever had the experience of looking at old photos, maybe from an especially good time in your life, and while you are viewing them, experiencing the feelings and the joy connected to those times? Those moments of happiness and joy from our past are really part of who we are today. We carry them with us. When we take the time and effort to remember them, then we allow their power to affect us in the present.
Whenever we recall genuinely happy, joyful and peaceful times, we are recalling times when we experienced the presence of God in a special way. Even if those memories were not religious, God was still in them because God is the true and deep source of all that is loving, peaceful, joyful and good. Scripture tells us that Mother Mary treasured her memories of Jesus’ birth and all that surrounded it. “She held all of these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Perhaps, these memories were sources of strength and consolation for her as she saw her son unjustly condemned, suffer and die.
Summer can be a time when we create new memories. Whenever and wherever we experience God’s glory and divinity – whether it is in our human relationships, or relationship with nature or in our life of prayer — may we carry those treasures in our heart and call upon them when we grow weary from the journey or when we find ourselves struggling in any way
With love and prayers,