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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Long story short…well, maybe….
Back in the 1990’s I participated in a study program in Israel. There were forty-some of us, primarily Seminarians, Priests, and Sisters. For our six weeks in the Jerusalem area, we were housed at a Convent in the Arab section, and it was very near to the Garden of Gethsemane. Our rooms were small, but comfortable, didn’t really matter, as I wasn’t in it much, always on the go.
Anyway, each study participant was to pick a religious site and do a short paper. When I was a kid, about five, as I remember it, my little Methodist Church had a Sunday School challenge to see who could get the most people to attend an evening event. The prize was an oil painting of Jesus praying in the Garden. I won it. The painting hung in my family home until Mom died in 2000. Since I could walk to the Garden of Gethsemane, and what with my childhood connection, it was a No-Brainer. It was simple; I’d spend time in reflection and see if something creative would fall from the sky.
Lo and behold, on my very first visit, after choosing the Garden as a topic, I found a piece of woven green and black cloth that appeared to have been tossed away in one of the corners of the stone garden wall. Were one to do carbon dating to determine its age, I’m fairly confident it was from the time of Jesus and most likely the very blanket Jesus sat on when he rode his Ass into Jerusalem. Looking around to make sure no one was watching, I casually grabbed it and put it into my bag and hurried home to launder it gently, and I’ve had it ever since.
So, to the point of this … hoping there is one… I do believe we are carried into Jerusalem every year in the story of Palm Sunday. Actually, we ride on the back of our Lenten observances. As you probably remember, you, the People of Most Holy Redeemer, decided again this Lent to gather school supplies for St. James School, with whom we are affiliated. Were we to carry our gift on the back of a modern day Ass, we’d need a big one, and our Van will do.
Here’s the load:
35,500 sheets of copy paper
3908 sheets of construction paper
406 washable markers
254 glue sticks
143 dry erase markers
A LOT of washable paints & water colors
Various office, school & art supplies
And $1000 cash to purchase additional supplies
Long story short: Almsgiving works.
Thanks to all who so generously shared. Happy Holy Week!