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.
We are once again supporting St. James Catholic School during Lent by collecting much needed schools supplies. Please click on the flyer below to see what we need each weekend. Your support makes a huge difference to this very important Catholic School in the Mission.
Fr. Matt’s Weekly Message
Lent began a few days ago with a smudge of ashes and the reminder that time is precious. What will you do with the next forty days? Don’t forget our wise traditions of prayer, self-denial, and generous giving. Choose one of each – say no to something and keep your discipline, even if you falter a time or two, don’t give up. Increase your attention to prayer, possibly trying a prayer form that is new to you. Give something away that someone else really needs and that you will miss: time, money, forgiveness.
In this Year of Mercy, as a parish let us embrace the Works of Mercy, Corporal and Spiritual. Each week we will focus on a particular work. The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat others, as if they were Jesus in disguise. They “are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs” (from the Catechism of the Catholic Church). The Works of Mercy respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through life.
The first Work of Mercy calls us to feed the hungry. There are so many people who go hungry. As we give thanks for the food on our tables, we are called to consider how good stewardship practices of our own food habits can benefit others who do not have the same resources. Please make us of the Rice Bowl throughout Lent. Place the pennies you save by skipping dessert or that cup of coffee or by cutting back on consumption of meat, into your Rice Bowl. These pennies will go a long way to help bring basic nourishment to those who are less fortunate.
These Lenten days provide an opportunity. It is the one season of the year when we as a community are asked to take the time and energy needed to see where we can more closely imitate Jesus. We’re invited into the desert, not alone but with Jesus, to discover, with God’s help, where we are able to increase the love we have for God, for others and for self.
Pope Francis puts it like this, “Lent is to be lived as a time of conversion, as a time of renewal for individuals and communities, by drawing close to God and by trustfully adhering to the Gospel. In this way, it allows us to look with new eyes at our brothers and sisters and their needs. That is why Lent is a favorable time to convert to the love of God and neighbor; a love that knows how to make its own the Lord’s attitude of gratuitousness and mercy.”
Blessings on your Lenten journey.
With love and prayers,