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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 Fr. Matt’s Message

Lord, teach us to pray.

Jesus reminds us that when we pray, the door will open because we already have an intimate and loving relationship with God – similar to that of a child to his or her beloved mother or father. There’s one problem. Many times we just don’t feel like God’s beloved children; maybe we feel disconnected, numb, or too weak or small, hurt, guilty, or unworthy even to ask God for something in prayer.

I used to help out in the ministry of Marriage Encounter and they often say, “Feelings are neither right nor wrong – they just ‘are’.”  When it comes to prayer, that lifeline which keeps our love flowing – we do well to lay aside as much as possible, those feelings such as fear or guilt, and simply listen to Jesus.   

St. Paul says that even when we were dead in our sins, Jesus nailed all of our debts and failings to the cross.  So listen when Jesus says, “Whoever you are, not only is it OK to pray– I’m telling you – so please listen to me – Knock, and the door will be opened.  Seek, and you will find.  Ask, and you will receive…”

Like any loving relationship, it will always be a process.  It will have its hot-and-cold spots.  Sometimes it will feel impossibly difficult, but God is in it with us and we are in it for the long haul. The great joy of prayer is that we never have to be afraid to ask, seek, doubt, or try.  Even when we don’t feel anything happening, genuine prayer can rise up from the painful and dark places in our lives.

As we encounter Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, especially when we feel like we’re not passing the course on love – it’s then that we acknowledge our need for the prayers of others around us. We need to believe that our community will supply faith, sustenance and strength, especially when our voice alone feels too weak to cry out for help in the dark of night.

Thank you for being there for each other and for me.  MHR, you are such a blessing!

With love and prayers,

Fr. Matt

 

 

 

 
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Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop – Saturday, August 13th in Ellard Hall – 10am to 1pm – registration and refreshments at 9:30am – All are welcome!
07-27-2016
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