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 – Second Sunday of Lent

Living In Trust

Mountains. They are symbols of both our struggles and our aspirations. Some of life’s mountains have much to teach us.

At times, life bears similarities to our first reading from the book of Genesis. It can be hard, cruel, and far beyond our understanding. It goes against all of our natural feelings. No matter what we do, we can’t make any sense out of it or find a way to bring about resolution. We can always find limited and temporary escape as we try to deaden the pain we sometimes encounter in life by doing that which is not good for us, but that escape soon wears out. At those times it might be good to take a turn down the path of trust; a trust that comes from a strong and unshakable faith in the living God.

On Mount Tabor Jesus’ disciples got a glimpse of the glory that was his as God’s own beloved Son.  It was a wonderful experience for them, so much so that Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.”  And it is good for us to be a part of a community of faith where we often get a glimpse of our own glory, for we too are beloved children of God.

On this Second Sunday of Lent I wanted to share some of Pope Francis’ thoughts and suggestions about fasting and ways to fast on a deeper level.

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Have a blessed and peaceful week!

Fr. Matt


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