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 – Week of April 22, 2018

It’s A Dog’s Life

“Until one has loved an animal, one’s soul remains un-awakened,” Anatole France, 19th century poet and author said this. Most of us have had a loving relationship with a special animal we consider a family member.  Growing up, there was always at least one dog in the Link household and I remember many of them well.  Many people have strong bonds with dogs or cats or some other beloved pet.  A dog may bark or growl at a stranger until the master reassures the dog there is no danger and that all is well.  Once dogs know their master, they have even been known to give their lives for them.

Today, Jesus refers to us as his sheep and to himself as our shepherd.  Jesus says he is our guardian who promises to care for us always:  I am the good shepherd and I know mine and mine know me, just at the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”  If we do the work to develop a whole-hearted relationship of love and trust in Jesus, he will protect us from harm, especially from the harm of spiritual death.  Jesus will give us the strength and courage we need to face whatever challenges life brings.

Sheep get disoriented pretty easily; they lose their way and wonder in confusion.  Just as Jesus knows us intimately, the shepherd really knows what the sheep need.  We do well to respond in some way to Jesus’ call.  Jesus knows us well, and knows what we need.  And so we remain attentive and we listen.

Intimacy with Jesus Christ calls us to an intimacy with others – a connection to fellow pilgrims on the journey.  Today on World Day of Prayer for Vocations, we pray to hear exactly how God is calling us to use the gifts God has given us to build up God’s Kingdom and to help others along the way.  No matter our state in life, whether we be single, married, or in religious life, we try to best use our relationship with Jesus for the good of the Church and in fact, the good of the whole world.  God is that true place of safety for our hearts and souls.  Let us trust Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to lead us into lives that accomplish God’s will for us all.

With love and prayers,

Fr. Matt

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