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.

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Fr. Matt’s Message – Fifth Sunday of Lent

The story is told of a blind merchant selling his wares in the middle of a busy train station, when a group of children bump into the table and knock much of his nicely stacked merchandise to the floor. As the story goes, the merchant gets down on his hands and knees in an attempt to retrieve his scattered goods. Another man, clearly in a hurry, rounds the corner to see the sight-impaired merchant on the floor.

The man stops for a moment, looks at his watch, his expression indicating his dilemma: If he takes the time to help this young man, he will likely miss his train. With only a moment’s hesitation, he drops his briefcase, gets down on the floor, and helps the merchant gather and re-stack his goods. When all is in order, and the man walks away, the merchant calls out after him: “Hey Mister, are you Jesus?”

Now whether this story is true or not, it could well be a modern-day parable. It comes to my mind each time I hear the Greeks say to Philip, as we hear in today’s Gospel on this fifth Sunday in Lent, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus” (John 12:20).

As our Lenten journey draws to a close, we come closer to the brutal day of Jesus’ crucifixion. We know that darkness will come, but in the new light the Resurrection will shine its hope upon us all.  When we confess our sins and are forgiven, the chalkboard of our hearts is wiped clean. As the Lord said in the Book of Jeremiah, “I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts.” And, in Psalm 51, we joyfully sing “Create a clean heart in me, O God.” Then, the words from Hebrews (5:7-9) light our way, remembering the obedience of Jesus in accepting his suffering and becoming the source of eternal salvation for us when we follow and obey him.

Hope to see many of you this Tuesday evening as the MHR Young Adults Group leads us on The Way of the Cross, a walking meditation and prayer in our neighborhood.  Next weekend, Palm Sunday, the 10:00 a.m. Mass will begin in the garden and we will walk process with Palms from the garden into the church as we enter into Holy Week.

Thanks to so many of you who came out last Saturday and helped out with the “Picnic in the Park” cookout and barbecue for our neighbors who have many needs.  Many religious, Sisters, Brothers, priests and lay folks joyfully helped make the day a great success.  Everyone left with a happy farewell of “See you next year!”

Thank you for all you do to share the love of Christ.

With love and prayers,
Fr. Matt

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