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.
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Fr. Matt’s Message – Week of September 22, 2019
Each one of us has only so much energy to accomplish all the things we need to do. Many people expend a great deal of energy for things of this world, and trying to make a go at having a decent life in the Bay Area can expend a great deal of energy. When it comes to serving God, we sometimes find that there is an energy crisis. Being a follower of Jesus Christ does take energy and time. Loving those in need calls a people of faith to do more than just wishing them well. Our prayers call us to enter into an encounter which might impel us into some kind of action.
I am fairly certain that like me, many people sometimes suffer from a degree of insecurity or fear. We see a great many needs before us, but we often jump right to the reasons we cannot respond – the difficulties and challenges we will encounter if we try to do something to help make a difference. We back off. It’s too much. The problem is too great. We couldn’t possibly overcome all of the roadblocks we will surely encounter.
It can be overwhelming. No one of us can do it all. But each one of us is called to do something, to try to make a difference. Maybe we won’t always succeed, but we learn and we grow, and whatever we do, we do with love. Mother Teresa often said, “Maybe you can’t help 100 people, but try to help just one. In that you have made a difference for that one.”
As a community of faith we are called to embrace some of that pioneer spirit. We are called to harness the collective energy of the community, to grow finding hope and courage through the gathered body of Christ. This is how we can shake off some of that doubt and fear, and dare to hope we can make a difference in our world.
Thank you for all you do in sharing your gifts of time, talent and treasure. We are in this together and for this I am eternally grateful.
I hope you will stop by the MHR Garden this Sunday evening (9/22) and join us as our Young Adults Ministry will be hosting a Garden Party immediately following the 6:30 PM Mass. Hope to see you there.
God bless you,
Please help us Support our “Priests’ Retirement Fund” via the second collection at all Masses this weekend! Your generosity makes it possible for these good men to make ends meet, especially in terms of health costs.
Do you want to be more involved at Most Holy Redeemer? Do you feel called to serve at Mass with reading or distributing communion? The next liturgical ministry training in San Francisco is in November so please contact the parish office ASAP to register. These trainings only happen once a year, so don’t miss this opportunity!