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 Weekly Message
As I am getting settled into my new and beautiful home here at MHR I have to confess, I’ve been feeling a bit scattered. Doesn’t life seem to be going in a thousand different directions much of the time? The small and large details can be a bit overwhelming at times - details such as what I have to do, when, where and with whom. Many of us seem to be running from one thing to another. When I get caught up in just keeping up, then I can easily lose my focus. Scattered is not a good place to be.
Jesus gives us direction every day; in today’s Gospel by giving us two short parables to think about – the treasure hidden in the field and the pearl of great price. In both of these parables, Jesus is telling us to do all we can to center our life around the beautiful and peaceable kingdom of God. Do whatever it takes to attain that treasure, that beautiful pearl of great price.
But what is this kingdom of God? It’s not a place or a thing. It’s an attitude – a way of living in the world knowing that God is our Creator and Lover, our Most Holy Redeemer. It’s seeing all other men and women as coming from God, and as being our sisters and brothers. It’s knowing that the created earth is not ours to do with as we want, but rather a treasure given to us, to take care of, to cherish and to enjoy. The kingdom of God is all around us and within us. Knowing and living this helps me to find focus.
I pray that we may all have “understanding hearts” (1 Kings 3:5) and eyes of faith to recognize this kingdom and to live in it with respect and love for its Creator and for all that has come from the hands of this Creator.
With Love and prayers,