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 – Week of May 28th, 2017
A gold watch is a traditional farewell gift to someone retiring. A framed photo of a good time together may be a farewell gift to a cherished neighbor who is moving out of town. The gift given is not something perishable or something transitory, but something lasting that keeps memories alive. People come into our lives and they go away. We don’t like it, but that is the nature of life.
And life goes on and we are busy and we don’t always stay in touch as we would like. Days, weeks, months go by and we don’t call or email, we forget to send that birthday card. We don’t necessarily forget but we are less active in our remembering.
There are certain relationships where absence only makes the heart grow fonder. We actively remember. We keep the relationship alive. We keep the lines of communication open. We try to share not only what is going on in our lives, but what we are thinking and feeling.
These attitudes toward absence can reflect our attitude toward Jesus, ascended into heaven.
Caught up in doing so many things, we might go for quite a time without really thinking about Jesus and our friendship with him. Sad to say, but ‘out of sight, out of mind’ can be how we sometimes relate to Christ.
Christ is not at all absents, but so present to us. In Matthew’s Gospel (28:16-20), Jesus gives two farewell gifts. He gives his lasting, ongoing presence to us and the gift of us to the world. We encounter the gift of his presence in our prayer, through the goodness of others, in the beauty of creation. We are his gift to the world when we share his Good News of salvation by how we live the Gospel; when we encourage others in their following Christ and keeping his commandments; when we walk with others who are burdened with sickness, suffering, loneliness and isolation, discouragement and loss. In these and many other ways, Jesus’ presence is lasting and his memory is alive – for all time and for all people.
“Do this in memory of me” Do all you can to keep Christ present in your life.
Strong blessings and much love as we all journey together and give our witness to the glory of the Ascension of the Lord.