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.
Once again, Most Holy Redeemer is supporting St. James Catholic School in the Mission with our annual Lenten School supplies Drive. Beginning march 4 & 5 we will be collecting items to support this important inner city Catholic School. Please click here to see what we will collecting each weekend during Lent. Thank you for your continued support!
Fr. Matt’s Message – Week of March 19, 2017
The Woman at the Well is a familiar passage from the 4th chapter of John’s Gospel. The passage forms a backdrop for the first of the three scrutinies where our elect and candidates, and really, all of us, look within and seek strength and guidance to grow in our faith. The rites of Scrutiny take place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent . This is a time when our elect and candidates intensify their preparations for baptism and full communion in the Catholic Church which will happen at the Easter Vigil in just a few short weeks.
And it all begins with an encounter. She is hot and tired, simply taking care of one of many tasks she needs to accomplish. The woman at the well encounters Jesus. He has living water. She asks for some. He reveals his knowledge to her. She becomes a believer. She also becomes an apostle, proclaiming that Jesus is the Messiah.
For all of these reasons, she becomes a kind of patron for the elect whom God has approached, who have asked for the living water of baptism, who are expressing their belief and who become apostles of the Good News.
Jesus spoke to the outcast Samaritan woman very gently. He didn’t force himself or his message upon her. He even approached her from a place of need, asking for a drink of water. His heart was open to her and he helped her to open her heart to him.
Jesus does not judge or condemn. The woman at the well only felt acceptance and understanding. Jesus saw her true self. She was deeply wounded by life and by a series of broken relationships. In the same way, Jesus sees us. Jesus sees our true selves. He does not judge nor does he condemn.
Christ met her where she was at. Christ meets us where we are at. He says to us just what he said to the woman at the well … “If you only knew the gift God wants to give to you.”
It doesn’t do us much good to be loved for being perfect. We have a need to be accepted and loved as ourselves, often broken and wounded, thirsting for meaning and goodness in life. That is just where the Lord meets us and offers us living water.
Please join me in welcoming Fr. Joseph Morris this weekend and David Kauffman this Wednesday. We have been anxiously anticipating Fr. Joseph being with us for “Mark’s Gospel LIVE” and Mr. Kauffman for our Lenten Mission Night of music and prayer.
Continued blessings on your Lenten journey.
With love and prayers,