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.
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.
Join us Tuesday, February 19th at 7pm
Fr. Matt’s Message – Week of February 17, 2019
“Blessed are you …”
At the heart of our readings this weekend is the theme of trusting in God. The first reading from the prophet Jeremiah contrasts the fate of those who trust in human beings with the fate of those who trust in God. Jesus gives us a glimpse of heaven in Luke’s account of the Beatitudes, teaching the multitudes – which includes us – what it means to live in friendship with God. Jesus tells of the blessings we can expect.
You will remember our parish project of sending Christmas cards to the parishioners of St. Thomas More Church in the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, California. About 225 of you took home the stamped and addressed Christmas cards and sent words of encouragement, blessing, and support, along with a gift cards. Since then, we have received a number of letters and cards back with notes about how they are moving forward. After losing so much, our sisters and brothers are finding strength and courage in their trust in God. And their notes are all expressions of gratitude for the blessing of kindness, prayer, and support they have received through our small project. We are sharing some of their words in the bulletin today and will do so in the weeks to come as well.
The card from the Pastor of the parish, Fr. Godwin Xavier, says this, “It is with deep appreciation that we thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and generosity to us at St. Thomas More Parish in Paradise in the recent tragedy of the Camp Fire. Although many are dealing with the shock and sadness over the loss that has occurred, this is slowly being replaced by Christ’s healing comfort, love, and peace which comes to us through the kindness and concern from people like yourselves. For this we deeply thank you!”
If you’re like me, maybe you took two or three cards home in December. Maybe you’ve only mailed one and still have extras. It’s not too late. Any gift, any word of kindness, or a promise of prayer has great value, especially in difficult times. A Valentine Card or even a Christmas card in February can be a message and reminder of divine love, of incarnation and Emmanuel, God with us, an epiphany that comes not just once a year, but every day. I am grateful for all you do and for your generous sharing of time, talent and treasure.
“Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven” (Luke 6:23).
In gratitude with love and prayers,