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 Message – Week of July 15, 2018

“Jesus summoned the Twelve …”

Summon and send – these are Jesus’ first actions in our Sunday Gospel passage from Mark (6: ).  I think they are God’s primary actions within our lives.  Will we let God summon us, and then send us?

Jesus summoned the Twelve.  Maybe their ministerial call was in responding to the countless hints Jesus gave them in his aim of building up the Kingdom.  After all, isn’t that how we grow in our vocations, by responding to the countless hints presented over the course of our lives; by using our God-given gifts to respond to some of the needs before us?  In effect, it is how we might answer the question which the poet Mary Oliver poses in The Summer Day; “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

We also see God sending, which is the second action of Jesus today.  Jesus sends the Twelve, and only after they are sent do these Twelve become apostles, for the word apostle means “sent forth.”  As apostles, the message is given to us as well.  The message is meant to be shared.  Jesus sent them out in pairs.  They went with no food, no sack, nor any money in their belts.  What defined their mission was that they were dependent on nothing other than the person next to them and the faith that they were sent by God.

The Church is not so much something we go to, but rather something we are sent from.  It is good to remember the exit signs we see above the doors in our churches are for more than simply complying with safety standards.  The word Mass comes from the Latin – ‘ite, missa est’ – which means ‘go, you are sent.’

Yes, summon and send – these are God’s primary actions in our lives. 

Will we let God summon us, and then send us?

Love and prayers,
Fr. Matt

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