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/AIDS.
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 – Easter 2019
I don’t always sleep very well leading up to big feast days and important life moments and celebrations. Maybe it is the fullness of the days and the busyness of the season. The excitement and eager anticipation of our celebration of the Triduum has been keeping me up far too late in these nights of Holy Week. Maybe it’s also the Martha in me, a little anxious and worried, but mostly eager and excited about many things. My thoughts have been happily racing with the events of these full and busy days.
In spite of the danger, the women arrived at the tomb to carry out the Jewish prescriptions for burial. They could have very easily abandoned Jesus but remained as faithful as he had been to them. Finding the stone rolled away, they faced two people dressed in dazzling white garments who asked, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?” No matter where we are at – maybe we are grieving, disillusioned, cynical, filled with grief, fear, worries, regrets, guilt or shame, God never loses sight of us. God never stops calling us. When we get lost, it is good to be still, to stop for a moment and wait to be found. We might get lost, but God never loses us. God rolls away stones in our lives to make all things new.
We gather on this Easter Sunday as family—we gather together to re-tell the stories of faith, to share a sacred meal, “in memory of the one who loves us and saves us.”
Christ is our life. Christ is our light. “Receive the light of Christ!” No matter how dark and cold the tomb, we know the light of Christ will dispel any darkness we may encounter.
Let us hold these words of life close to our own hearts as we celebrate with joy these Easter days. Easter being too important to confine to a single day, we celebrate for 50 days the Easter Season. And may the Lord whom we have seen, shine from our eyes, to light the whole world with love!
Please join me in welcoming Mike Price, nSJ. Mike is a Jesuit Novice who will be with us for about one month volunteering and helping around the parish. Mike currently resides in a Jesuit house in St. Paul, MN and will be with us until the middle of May. I am grateful for Mike’s presence and I look forward to getting to know him and for him to get to know us!
I am grateful for each one of you in my life.
Easter blessings of joy, light, love and peace,