Our Mission Statement at Most Holy Redeemer

Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Roman Catholic Christian Community. 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 transgender; the healthy and the sick, particularly persons with HIV/AIDS.

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

Once again Scripture reminds us of the practicality of our faith and how our faith calls us to live the word.  “… For this command is not too mysterious, nor far away; it’s already in your mouths and in your hearts” (Dt 30:14).  “…and the Samaritan traveler was moved with compassion… Jesus teaches us ‘Go and do likewise’” (Lk 10).

I grew up in a practical household. The needs of a large family were very real. No matter what was going on in the family, my parents taught us the importance of giving back, of sharing some of the gifts we had been given.

Like any active Catholic family, the requests for charitable assistance were many.  But my parents simply could not respond to every request that came their way.  But they gave, and not just from their surplus, because to be real honest, there probably wasn’t ever much of any surplus.  No, they often made sacrificial gifts.  And we, their children, didn’t always like it, but they taught us to reach out and try to do the same.

No one of us can respond to every need.  We all have many limits – limits of time, money, physical energy, emotional energy. No one person can do it all.  But it’s still good to ask ourselves, “What can I do?  How can I help? “ This is how Mother Teresa responded to that exact question:  “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Don’t try to do what you cannot do. Just do what you can. But don’t fool yourself either – do something – really do what you can do.”

All too often we focus on what we cannot do.  Today we are asked to focus on what we can.  I think it’s good to let Jesus’ words disturb us a bit.  Allow yourself, like the Samaritan, to be moved with pity.

Let that pity move you.  Don’t worry about what you can’t do.  Just go, that’s our Baptismal call.  As Mass ends, we are sent out with a blessing for which we give thanks to God.  “Go and announce the Gospel.”  “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life,” and in the old translation, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”

Summertime wishes filled with blessing, prayers and peace,

Fr. Matt


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