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.
Fr. Matt’s – Week of May 20, 2018
The Apostles were winded and out of breath. Doubt, grief, guilt, a sense of their failure, and above all, winded by their own insecurity and their sense of not doing enough or getting it right. A people breathless and afraid, they locked themselves away.
The coming of the Holy Spirit changed all of that. A changed people, empowered by the Holy Spirit, they came out of their hiding places, setting out to courageously witness to and preach the Good News. In the Gospel passage from John (20:19-23), Jesus summarizes the disciples’ mission (and ours), as forgiveness. The disciples have received Jesus’ peace and his Spirit, and now they and those who come after are charged with making the peace of forgiveness present in the world until the end of time.
This week we will send two of our friends off with blessings, gratitude, and love. Iris Sanchez, a sophomore of Immaculate Conception Academy, has been our student office worker this year. Faithfully working in the office and helping out wherever needed every Thursday, Iris puts in a full and productive eight-hour day. Iris works quietly and efficiently and is very responsible at completing any tasks we give her. As the school year ends, we say goodbye to Iris this week. Please be sure to read Iris’ letter which you can find in this bulletin. Her co-workers in the rectory, Pete, Mike, Will, Victor and I, have watched Iris grow in confidence and ability this year. She has been a valuable member of our little team, and we will miss her. Not to worry though, for we will welcome a new Sophomore worker when school resumes in the Fall.
Deacon Nate Romano, SJ, has been a part of our pastoral team for two years now. Working with our Young Adults ministry, the RCIA program, and serving on the Liturgy and Worship Committee, Nate has contributed a great deal to our parish. This Sunday, on the Feast of Pentecost, we will express our gratitude and love for Nate as we send him off with blessing as he prepares for ordination to the priesthood in just a few short weeks on June 9 in Wisconsin. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with Nate, and I am grateful for the trust the Jesuit community placed in us, allowing Nate to serve here. I feel that we, Most Holy Redeemer, have been especially blessed to have had the responsibility to be a part of Nate’s formation as he prepares for priesthood. Deacon Nate will return as Father Nate for a weekend of celebration next month, June 23-24. Father Nate will have all of the Masses that weekend and we will have a chance to express our gratitude for this newest priest with a proper celebration after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
Like the Apostles, there are things which can keep us in hiding – fear, doubt, anger, jealousy, envy, difficulty in forgiving. Even in their messiness, Jesus loved the Apostles. Even in our messiness, Jesus loves us. In giving them his breath, he helped them and he helps us to catch our breath. In Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Come Holy Spirit, enkindle in us the fire of your love, and we shall renew the face of the earth!
With love and prayers for peace,