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.
Fr. Matt’s Message – Easter 2017
I haven’t been sleeping very well these past few nights of Holy Week. It is the fullness of the days of the season, the excitement and eager anticipation of our celebration of the Triduum. 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.
Maybe Mary couldn’t sleep, but for very different reasons. Mary’s unrest came from the grief and sadness in her heart. It was early in the morning, still dark, when Jesus’ beloved friend Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb. Mary goes as a seeker, needing closure and proof of what seems unbelievable – Jesus is dead? How can it be?
Desperately grieving, Mary longs to see her Lord…. Just as we feel when someone we love has died. We have that sense of unreality, “I can’t believe they’re really gone.” But today we learn that Jesus and all of our loved ones are still alive! Yes, we will see them again! It is like a dream that we almost can’t believe.
Mary went to the tomb, looking for the dead Jesus. Through the miracle of Easter Mary finds the living Lord. But even better, the living Lord finds her. Because, no matter where we are at – maybe we are grieving, disillusioned, cynical, filled with grief, fear, worries, regrets, guilt or shame, God never stops calling us. 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.
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 Him, 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.
Mary said, “I have seen the Lord.” 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!
Easter blessings of joy, light, love and peace,