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 February 26, 2017
Can a mother forget her infant, or fail to cherish the child of her womb? Yet even if these forget, I will never forget you. When Isaiah the prophet spoke these words, the people of God were in a pretty dark and despairing place. Their beloved and beautiful temple had been desecrated and destroyed, Jerusalem rampaged, and the people exiled in Babylon, a land that was not home. Had God abandoned them? No, Isaiah assured them that God had not, and in fact, God could not forget or abandon them. It would be an impossibility for God.
A Mother’s love … A struggling and hard working woman had a child who was ruining her life. He wouldn’t work, spent his time hanging out with trouble-makers, even robbing his own mother of money and things of value in the family home. The mother pleaded with her child to change his life. He wouldn’t or couldn’t do it. He broke her heart and made her life a misery.
Eventually this wayward child ended up in prison. Surely now his mother would leave him to his own fate. Not at all. She visited him weekly, each time bringing small gifts and things to help make his life a little easier. One day her dear friend saw her after one of her visits to the prison. “Your son has ruined your life. He’ll never change. He only brings suffering into your life. Why don’t you just forget about him?
“How can I?” she replied. “I do not like what he has done with his life, but he will always be my child.” Some might say the mother was foolish, but she was doing what parents do every day – loving their children through thick and thin. Holding on to hope and trying to help them find their way. A loving parent never gives up. For most of us, a parent’s love is the most reliable kind of human love we will ever experience. It’s no wonder the Bible uses a mother’s love as an image of God’s love for us.
If a mother or a father, an imperfect human being, is capable of such steadfast love, how much greater is God’s love for us. God loves us when we are good, and loves us when we are in sin. God never stops calling us back to himself, to the mercy and forgiveness which God knows will bring us peace. When we truly trust in this undying love of God, we are better able to live in the present moment without fear, regret, guilt or worry.
Jesus says it like this, “Don’t worry about tomorrow.” He isn’t saying don’t worry about the needs of shelter and sustenance. He isn’t saying don’t worry about educating your children or planning for the needs for your retirement. We all know that we have to plan for tomorrow. Jesus is reminding us that we are God’s precious children and God will never forget us. Only in God can we truly find rest (Psalm 62).
It is always good to take a few moments each day to “Let go and let God” as the old saying goes. We might take a few moments and practice this difficult task of letting go of worries over tomorrow, or the regrets of yesterday, and focus on today. The Church gives us a wonderful season to do just that. The Season of Lent begins this week, Ash Wednesday, March 1. Lent is a season to embrace the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as we strive to grow in our faith.
Beginning next Sunday and continuing throughout Lent we will listen to our fellow parishioners tell of how their ministry blesses them. By giving testimony we continue to share how Christ has blessed and consoled us, giving us the desire and the courage to share that good news – God’s inclusive love proclaimed here
Have a beautiful week!
With love and prayers,