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.
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Fr. Matt’s Message – November 19, 2017
Thanksgiving is the feast so many of us associate with thoughts of home. It is in our homes that we first learn to say please and thank you. We first learn what it means to be grateful. And it is good for us to live in gratitude. Gratitude keeps our thoughts light and full of energy. Gratitude is a good prayer, and gratitude helps to make us a positive and encouraging presence in a group. Living in gratitude even helps us to stay healthier throughout our lives.
God’s gifts are all around us. When we cultivate this awareness we can be much more aware that our lives are basically good. Not perfect, but GOOD. I worry that sometimes we spend so much time wanting things to be better that we miss what is really good – right here and right now.
On Wednesday nights we welcome special guests to the table in our parish home. Our Wednesday Night Supper guests come for a good meal. They come for a warm, dry and safe place to relax for a while. They come for fellowship and community. One of our guests summed it up so nicely for me last Wednesday. “No disrespect Father,” he said, “but before I thank anyone, I want to thank God for the gift of life, for this place and for you beautiful people!”
When the burdens seem to outweigh the blessings, it might be good to remember what Albert Schweitzer said, “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us cause thank, with deep gratitude, those who have lighted the flame of faith within us.”
“I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for you” (Phil 1:3-4).
With love and prayers,