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 – Second Sunday of Advent
A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. A voice of one can be easily drowned out. The world is noisy and it is easy to become distracted. Our faith and this season of Advent invite us to slow down, taking and making the time to listen. Listen for this voice crying in the wilderness; a voice which proclaims that love and forgiveness can be ours. These are the priceless, precious gifts that Jesus constantly offers to us.
God wants to comfort us, to console us. “Console my people, console them…speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her that her time of service is ended, that her sin is atoned for…” When Jesus offers us forgiveness, he is offering us a safe and healthy escape route from a negative past. He offers us freedom from living with the sins from our past. No matter what we might have done, our Lord can free us. What greater consolation could we wish for? God’s forgiveness breaks all chains which keep us anchored in our past deeds. When we accept that life-giving forgiveness we are immediately released from the negative past which our actions or inaction may have created. We no longer have to go through life looking over our shoulder, filled with regrets for the things we have done, or filled with self-accusation for the things we have failed to do.
Please join me in welcoming Sister Ana Maria Pineda, a Sister of Mercy. Sister Ana Maria will be with us at the 10:00 a.m. Mass and will reflect with us on Our Lady of Guadalupe and her coming feast day, December 12. This Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. we will celebrate a beautiful Advent Service of Lessons and Carols. Through Scripture, Song and prayer, we will enter more deeply into the mystery of God’s love and mercy. Next week, Wednesday, December 20, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God’s forgiveness gives us back our present and good life and draws us into a future filled with possibilities for love and goodness. That is the Good News, which Jesus came to proclaim. The coming feast of Christmas is a concrete promise that everything can be different.
May the blessings you find in these Advent days be the blessings that you most need.
Love and All Good,