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.
Fr. Matt’s Message – Week of May 27, 2018
Trinity Sunday – this feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity reminds us that we are truly children of God. Today, we celebrate this profound and mysterious relationship in the Holy Trinity.
Our readings speak of Gods triune nature. Through Christ we are at peace with God, and through the Holy Spirit we know and experience the love of God. Declared a Universal feast by John XXII in 1334, it is what is known as an “idea feast.” An idea feast does not commemorate a person or an event in the life of Christ or his saints, but a theological tenet of the faith.
We gather each week as Church to connect with God and with one another in our worship and prayer. But church isn’t the only place for these connections. When we long for what is good and right and just, along with our expressions of love, concern and caring for our sisters and brothers, we remain connected to the workings of God, the saving power of Christ, and the gentle tug and nudge of the Holy Spirit.
When we offer a word of welcome or kindness, a gesture of friendship and love to another; when we making the effort to find forgiveness and healing where our relationships are broken; when we reach out to help someone less fortunate, someone in need; when we live this way, we are keeping our faith alive, living out our call to live holy lives, living into the relationship of the Holy Trinity.
God is the infinite fountain of love, the love which flows between each of the persons in God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the 2nd Eucharistic prayer, we call on God as the fount of all holiness. This fountain of holiness and love flows over into all of creation. When we let this love flow into our lives, motivating us to give of our loving energy, we become more and more the people that God calls us to be.
It is then that we realize, God is closer to us than we ever expected. God is truly a part of us. In the words of St. Paul: It is “In God we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)
Sir Isaac Newton, toward the end of his life said of his achievements: “I don’t know what I appear like to the world, but to myself I am like a little boy playing on the seashore, finding amusement in occasionally finding a smoother pebble or a shell, one prettier than the ordinary ones. And all the while the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.”
We are all beginners, children playing on the seashore. The more we learn and grow, the greater that ocean of mystery becomes. We begin to encounter and slowly plumb the depths of the mystery of this Triune God, not just in the world around us, but in the world within us.
On this Memorial Day weekend we remember those who have sacrificed so much. “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).
As we depart from Mass on this Trinity Sunday, we take the blessing we receive into our week and into the world, “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by our life!”
Thank you for all you do!
With love and prayers,