Our Mission Statement at Most Holy Redeemer
Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic tradition. This 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.
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Fr. Matt’s Message – October 15, 2017
Each Sunday we are invited to God’s banquet to share in the Bread of Life and the wine of salvation.
“The Kingdom of Heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son – ‘Behold, I have prepared my banquet … everything is ready; come to the feast!’” Those who were first invited to the wedding feast refused, giving their work priority. We have been invited to the Eucharistic banquet. Our prayer lives prepare us for this feast and help us to say yes. As we pray, we grow closer to God. Here our need for Christ’s presence in the Eucharist is nurtured. Prayer and sacrament ready us to feast in the Kingdom.
God’s invitation comes in so many ways. We pause and as we gratefully respond to this invitation of abundance, we respond by saying thank you, and by growing in our awareness of the blessings which surround us, the many invitations that flow our way each day, and then living in gratitude. In practicing, praying and responding in gratitude, we accept an invitation to allow deep and life-giving gratefulness to take root in our hearts. This life-giving response of gratitude strengthens us to face the challenges that inevitably come our way. Come, bring your thankfulness to the feast. The Eucharist we celebrate and share is our communion with God and with each other. We come to the feast entering into the mystery of love that it celebrates.
This weekend, please join me in welcoming Fr. Daniel Asue, in preparation for next weekend, World Mission Sunday. Father Daniel comes from the diocese of Nigeria.
Next weekend we will welcome our newly ordained deacon, Nate Romano, SJ. Nate will be preaching all of the Masses on Sunday, his first full day as Deacon Nate, SJ. Many of you know Nate from his work last year with our RCIA and with the Young Adults Ministry here at MHR. Nate will take on a Sacramental role this year in addition to these ministries. Nate is a Transitional Deacon, preparing for ordination to the priesthood in June of 2018. I am very thankful for his presence and his ministry.
Thank you for all that you do to create such a loving and welcoming community. You are a blessing. I am grateful.
With love and prayers,