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 – October 2, 2016
“How long, O LORD? I cry for help” (Habukkuk 1:2). Events in our world can wear us out and wear our faith down making it hard to see God’s goodness. The Catechism speaks of this, “The world we live in often seems very far from the one promised us by faith. Our experiences of evil and suffering, injustice and death, seem to contradict the Good News; they can shake our faith and become a temptation against it.” (Par. 164, Catechism of the Catholic Church).
Habakkuk, the only prophet devoted entirely to the question of the justice of God’s governing of the world goes on to say, “Then the LORD answered me and said: Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets, so that one can read it readily. For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late” (Habukkuk 2:3-4).
Even the Apostles asked that Jesus would increase their faith (Luke 17:5-6). The challenges of life can easily cloud our vision, making it difficult to place our complete trust in God’s presence and promises. Jesus reminds us it is the quality of faith that matters and not the quantity. The lives of many women and men who have lived, or are living, saintly lives help us to draw strength from our kinship in the community of Christ. We do well to draw encouragement and hope for our own faith wherever we can find it. But we have to look. Seek and you shall find. Maybe we can find it while attending a somewhat rowdy, chaotic and joyful pet blessing celebrating St. Francis of Assisi, or while celebrating a Marian feast at a special gathering honoring Mother Mary. Maybe we find renewal while spending a few quiet moments in church or by honoring our loved ones by creating a special memorial for them. Maybe it happens while attending a workshop or a retreat, an art showing or concert, while spending a bit of extra time relaxing with those we love, doing something nice for a loved one, an act of kindness for a stranger or while spending a moment taking in the beauty of God’s creation.
Faith grows when it is planted. But we have to do some work. A beautiful flower garden or productive vegetable patch doesn’t just happen. Yes, it requires work but the reward can be great. Our faith is similar. We have to be willing to do some work to reap a bountiful harvest. It’s a harvest of love, of happiness of peace and joy. So, let’s get busy and keep on sowing those good seeds because that is the only way we can begin to bring in that beautiful harvest.
Have a great week!