Our Mission Statement at Most Holy Redeemer
Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic tradition. This 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 – October 22, 2017
See what love God the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called children of God. Beginning next week, in a very special way, we will remember all those who have gone before us, the ones on whose shoulders we stand, the ones whose lives and witness, whose love we never cease to celebrate.
The martyrs and saints were willing to go to jail, to be thrown to the lions and burned at the stake. They explored and settled new lands, established churches and schools, built colleges and hospitals, spoke out against slavery, and spoke up for justice and civil rights.
They did all these things because they loved God and knew God loved them. They also did them out of love for their neighbors, and that includes you and me. And so we do well to give thanks for the holy women and men of God who have gone before us.
I think we’ve all had saintly people in our lives. Devoted parents, grandparents, maybe a teacher or a pastor, faithful and loving friends and relatives; someone who took an interest and made a difference.
The process of the creation of us didn’t stop when we were born, or when we were confirmed or when we graduated from high school. No, we grow each day. My mom would say that we are molded and fashioned by love. To love is to play our part in the ongoing process of creation.
Love is what empowered and gave courage to the saints. Love gives us the courage and the strength we need to face life’s challenges. It is love that helps us to grow into our potential and to have that desire to be better people.
We ask our friends here on earth to pray for and with us. And so it is the same with our friends and family in Heaven.” They are still with us. They are still praying with and for us. “All you holy men and women, pray for us.”
Next week as we enter into the final month of the liturgical year, we are called to pause and remember. In November, we remain especially mindful of the love that has gone before us. The first days of the month, these “Days of the Dead” begin with All Hallows Eve which leads us to the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1 and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) on November 2. We will celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints at the 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Masses, and All Souls at our parish Service of Remembrance on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. If you have photos of deceased loved ones (including any beloved pets), please feel free to place them on the table at the entrance to the church, and when that becomes too full, on the ledge around the sanctuary. These photos of our loved ones will remain in the church through the month of November until the end of the church year when we celebrate Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, November 26th.
Yes, remembering is good. The ties of love which knit and bind us together are so strong. These ties are not unraveled in death. Our faith in a gracious God, tells us of a love beyond all telling. A love that lasts beyond death: a perpetual light that, when we are afraid, will show us the way.
Thank you for the many ways that you are a light to so many. Fr. Daniel, our World Mission Sunday preacher last weekend, expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome he received from Most Holy Redeemer, “such a vibrant and engaged community!” I was especially touched by the kindness and care shown to Charlotte and Donald and their family. They had been evacuated from their home in Calistoga due to the raging wildfires. In a very real and powerful way, their presence at Mass gave us the faces of one family among so many for whom we are praying. Thankfully their family home was not damaged. They didn’t waste any time after Mass, rolling up their sleeves and jumping in to help make sandwiches and prepare brown bag lunches for our St. Vincent de Paul “Sandwich Sunday” outreach.
Thank you too for turning out for a fun-filled evening of BINGO, costumes, dining and dancing. The Young Adults Ministry BINGO Costume Party was a benefit which raised about $1500 to benefit a parish community so devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Please join me in thanking the members of our Young Adults Ministry for all of their hard work and in congratulations for a fun evening and such a successful benefit.
God is with us and God loves us. Like a good Shepherd, at the end of our days, God will gently lead us home.
May your week be filled with the blessing of beautiful memories.
With love and prayers,