Our Mission Statement at Most Holy Redeemer
Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic tradition. 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 transgendered; the healthy and the sick, particularly persons with HIV disease.
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.
Once again, Most Holy Redeemer is supporting St. James Catholic School in the Mission with our annual Lenten School supplies Drive. Beginning march 4 & 5 we will be collecting items to support this important inner city Catholic School. Please click here to see what we will collecting each weekend during Lent. Thank you for your continued support!
Fr. Matt’s Message – Week of March 26, 2017
The One With New Eyes
Once again Jesus, the one who encounters a Samaritan woman at a well on the 3rd Sunday of Lent, is out and about, now walking around Jerusalem with his disciples. He sees a man born blind, who must sense someone is near but can’t see Jesus. On this 4th Sunday in Lent, we continue to walk closely with our Elect (those preparing for Baptism) and our Candidates (those preparing for full communion in the Church). Last Sunday we heard the story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. In the Second Scrutiny, we reflect on the story of the man born blind, a story about growing in faith (John 9:1-41). His journey from blindness to sight symbolizes the journey from unbelief to faith, from darkness into light. St. Paul says, “Once you were in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.”
My eyesight has never been so great. I received my first pair of glasses when I was in the second grade. But poor vision can go much deeper than just bad eyesight. In the busyness of life, there is so much that we don’t see. The blind man saw more than the wise and the learned Scribes and Pharisees. They might have had perfect eyesight, but they had no faith that Jesus could be the promised Messiah. To see well, good eyesight is not enough.
Bad things do happen to good people. But the best response to evil is goodness. Even though we can’t comprehend why things happen, we can find strength, comfort and peace in the knowing that through our own suffering or the suffering we see around us, God is always present. We are offered a time to show a strength which comes from our faith. We are given opportunities to respond in love and in mercy. Our faith gives us the strength we need to face the struggles and challenges that life sends our way
Let your light shine for all the world to see. We shall pass through this world just once, so let us not miss, or put off, an opportunity to show kindness and mercy to any person we meet along the way, for we will not pass this way again.
Blessings on your journey.
With love and prayers,