Our Mission Statement at Most Holy Redeemer
Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic tradition. 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 transgendered; the healthy and the sick, particularly persons with HIV disease.
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 Message – Week of May 21st, 2017
These past two Sundays we have celebrated the beauty of our faith in great ways. Last Sunday and today we welcomed four new members of our parish community to the Table of the Lord as they received their First Communion. In the reception of the Eucharist, Isabella and Maria Sofia (last weekend) and Bella and Ian (this weekend) meet Jesus in a new and profound way; Jesus, our Good Shepherd, our Life and Resurrection, who cares for us in our every need, promises to be with us always.
And Jesus, our Good Shepherd calls us to keep his commandments and then he promises the gift of his Spirit who strengthens us to respond faithfully. In these Sundays of Easter we joyfully begin Mass with a Sprinkling Rite as a reminder of the Spirit who first came to dwell within us at baptism. In John’s Gospel, 14:15-21, Jesus begins his discourse to the disciples with “If you love me …” Of course we love Jesus! There seems to be more to what Jesus is saying than what meets the eye. When Jesus says to keep his commandments as a sign of our love for him, he is not speaking on about the Ten Commandments. He is saying that if we love him, we will live as he lived. We are able to live in this way and, therefore, show our love for him, because God the Father sends the Spirit to dwell within us.
The kind of loving and living Jesus calls us to is not easy. Loving Jesus demands that we, for example, comfort others who feel alone, live the truth of the Gospel no matter the cost, take time to remain with those who are sick, hurting or suffering, see the goodness and inherent dignity in others, and believe in him even when he seems far away. In words and actions we are to love as Jesus loved, believe as Jesus believed, live as Jesus lived. In our loving, believing, and living we are not orphans: Jesus, God the Father, and the “Spirit of truth” are in us and acting through us.
With love and prayers,