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. Jack’s Message
Happy Feast of Pentecost!
For those of you who read this ahead of time, please wear something Red on Sunday to Church. It’s Pentecost! For some, it will be a good opportunity to drag out some old athletic wear. For others it could let you stop at a clothes rack you usually walk by. If nothing else, you could buy some red socks or at least a red bandana. Consider it, and if you forget, we’ll see it on your face when you get to church and are the only one not sporting red.
Enough of the mundane and on to the serious: Why do you think so many folks don’t go to Church anymore? On Pentecost we think about how our Church was born with Fire come down from Heaven and are urged to pray for the Grace to be as a “first born” Disciple as God calls all the World’s children to Peace.
Every generation gets to uncover, discover, and/or recover Jesus the Christ. My generation (65+) has done okay for itself in the arena of attendance if we judge by proportion, but we wouldn’t be the largest age group if we were balanced in our demographics, but we’re not, and that’s our challenge.
How do we weigh how we are sharing faith with others? I had a precursor to this conversation at a recent gathering where this very question was asked. One person said he thought inferior, inadequate, and ill-prepared priests with notably poor preaching and presiding skills are to blame. Another suggested church leaders are out of touch, and yet another suggested it was because we have allowed ourselves to be silenced in what we are told we can talk about and not talk about. A best response came from one who said, “If we showed others more of Christ within us, they’d want to be with us.”
I’m curious as to what you think. We’re hoping (and trusting) those of you who have been to Church and are just reading this to have the heart to share a heart. Thank you, John Ascher, for a great idea and lots of heart.
May the Holy Spirit descend upon us, loosen our tongues and use us to call all God’s Children to be the very refulgence of God’s Peace.