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/AIDS.
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 November 10, 2019
“Our God is not a God of the dead, but a God of the living, for to God all are alive” (Luke 20:38). “The King of the world will raise us up to live forever” (2 MC 7:9). As the end of the liturgical year draws near our readings are focused the theme of eternal life.
I think the more we live, the more we grow in awareness of just how fleeting life is. Naturally, the longer we live, the more familiar we become with thoughts of death. The beauty of our faith, and of how we hear Jesus’ promise of eternal life is that we do not see this familiarity with death as a morbid or frightening thing. No, we strive to see death in a more positive light, for reflecting on death can result in a deeper love of life, allowing us to see every day as a gift, and to live in gratitude for this gift.
In Luke’s Gospel Jesus tells us that death completely transcends the life we know. Death is a passage to new life. This we believe. We profess it every Sunday in the words at the end of the Creed, “We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.”
I knew a young dad, Eric, who found much comfort and was able to comfort his family with the faith that his love would never die. Even though his body was dying from the cancer within him, he knew that he would continue to love and parent them from heaven. I met a young man who was very near death. He was so young, but he was not afraid. He told me he found great comfort, strength and courage knowing that his granddad would be there to welcome him home.
Our belief in eternal life and our hope in the Communion of Saints are among our most important of beliefs. Without this belief, our lives might be frightful journeys moving toward a complete unknown. But with this belief, our lives on earth are journeys toward the promised land of eternal life and eternal love.
God did not make us for death. God made us for eternal life. Our hope in the resurrection lies in the power and love of God. Death isn’t the enemy, putting an end to everything. No, death is a friend who takes us by the hand and gently leads us into the Kingdom of eternal love.
As we remember and honor our beloved dead, we will continue to display their beautiful pictures through the celebrations of Christ the King and Thanksgiving (November 28). If you would like to bring in a picture and place on our altar of remembrance or in the sanctuary, please feel free to do so.
Thank you for all you do!
With love and prayers,
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