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 November 4th, 2018
One of the Scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: You shall love the You’re your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Each one of us does our part. The readings for this 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time remind us that the call to love is the most important thing and the greatest truth in the Bible. Loving God and loving neighbor is not only what we do but who we are.
Having just celebrated the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls puts us in the mind of gratitude for the gift of life and the gift of each other. In doing my homework and our preparation for our All Souls Altar of Remembrance I learned something new about the tradition behind All Hallows Eve, commonly known as Halloween. The traditions are rooted in the building up of community and taking care of neighbor. Our modern custom of going door-to-door to collect treats actually started in Ireland hundreds of years ago. Groups of farmers would go door-to-door collecting food and materials for a village feast and bonfire. Those who gave were promised prosperity; those who did not received threats of bad luck – a treat or a trick, your choice. When an influx of Irish Catholic immigrants came to the United States in the 1800s, the custom of trick-or-treating came with them.
Did you or your family carve a pumpkin for Halloween? If so, then you can thank the Irish for the tradition. Actually, the custom began with a turnip. People would hollow out turnips and place lighted candles inside to scare off evil spirits. When the Irish came to America, they discovered the pumpkin as a larger substitute for the turnip. And so, we now carve pumpkins instead of turnips. I didn’t have the best of luck when I tried carving my own turnip, but it was a fun effort.
I am so happy that our St. James students, parents and school staff are joining us this weekend. They are here to tell us thank you for all we do to support our little school in the Mission. It gives us a chance to tell them thank you as well. The students pray for our parish every day. Their faithful, joyful and loving presence in our lives is a gift that is priceless. Welcome St. James School! Thanks for being a part of our lives!
I am grateful to be a part of a community that finds such joy in loving God and loving our neighbor.
Thank you for all you do!
Blessings, love, peace,