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 Message – Week of January 22, 2017
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone” (Is 9:1). Jesus echoes these words from Isaiah the prophet in the 4th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel today.
Jesus comes to dispel any darkness in our lives. The darkness of guilt, of regret, the darkness of resentment and anger, the darkness of broken relationships, the darkness of loneliness, sadness and despair, the darkness of grief and loss, the darkness of fear and anxiety. Jesus wants us to walk together in the light of love.
But it can be easy to stay in the dark. It’s easy to hold onto our grudges; easy to be sullen, quiet, distant, even though our families need us to show them our love. It’s easy to hide from someone that we need to talk with about an issue or a problem. Maybe it feels too hard to say I love you, or I’m sorry. Maybe it feels easier, even safer, to not say or do anything differently.
Let your faith challenge you to do one thing different in your relationships. Take a chance. What can saying I love you possibly cost you? We are meant to walk in light. We are called to share that light. We are called to do our part to bring the light of faith hope and love into our relationships and into every part of our lives.
Why? Because each time we make a decision to leave our darkness behind, we are responding more firmly to the call of Jesus to follow him more closely. When Jesus calls us to walk in the light of discipleship, he offers us peace and joy. He is calling us to freedom and to love. The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light. That is how Matthew described the impact of Jesus’ ministry. That light shines on us now and always will. It’s up to us to decide what we will do with that knowledge.
Blessings, light, love and prayers,