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.
This week’s message from Fr. Jack
At the beginning of the 10 o’clock Mass last Sunday, instead of the expected request to silence our cell phones, we were asked to take out our cell phones and use them. We were asked to “Check-in” on Facebook, and then to silence them. There were some who seemed to know what to do, but I noticed lots of “looks” of “What?”, “Do what?”, and “What’d he say?”
The intent is to use Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and others) to increase awareness of MHR with people who are linked to you on Facebook and people of faith who utilize social media to keep informed via their smart phones, tablets or computers. Did you know that MHR has been successfully advertising the Sunday Twilight Mass using Facebook Ads? And this fall, MHR will promote ministry events using Facebook Ads. The cost for this type of advertising is significantly less than print media. By utilizing social media MHR can reach out to a younger Christian audience as well as to show pride in who we are.
A consideration for us to wonder is how we can be welcoming and inviting in new ways, and being open to learning ourselves. If nothing else, the impact and significance that social media has is brought to our attention.
Last week’s opportunity to dialogue with our scriptures seems to invite us to consider how we would answer the question Jesus asks Peter: Who do you say that I am? My personal response is a part of the question and so is how we use our parish voice to say who Jesus is. Rejoice with me how the very name of our parish is a profession of faith, Church of the Most Holy Redeemer! All Are Welcome Here.
Peace and blessings,