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, 2018
Dear MHR Family,
Thank you for participating in our Christmas Card Project. I can only imagine the many needs of the parish family of St. Thomas More in Paradise. Fr. Xavier Goodwin, Pastor of St. Thomas reports that their beautiful church is still standing. The parish hall and rectory are gone while the school buildings are intact. The parish is grateful for our interest and Fr. Xavier tells me that the most immediate needs that we can help with are cash and gift cards. They do not have and room for material donations at present. The personal touch of a note and promise of prayer in a Christmas card will undoubtedly brighten someone’s day. Please do consider helping us make a difference, one person at a time.
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. 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…” The good news is that our past does not have to hold us in prison. When Jesus offers us forgiveness, he is offering us a safe and healthy path. He offers us freedom from living with past regret or guilt or un-forgiveness. No matter what is in our past, Jesus wants to free us and help us move forward into a future filled with the promise of forgiveness. “All flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Luke 3:6). What greater consolation could we wish for?
God’s forgiveness breaks all chains which keep us anchored and hold us back. When we accept that life-giving forgiveness we are immediately released from a negative past which our actions 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.
This Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. I hope you will join us as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a special Mass and a simple reception to follow. Next week, Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. 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!
Peace, love and All Good,