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
With A Heart That Is Open
There’s always room to grow – always room for improvement in our lives. An artist or musician is always looking for ways to improve his or her art or music. Looking at the lives of the great musicians you will easily see that they were not content to stay at a certain level of skill.
The great ones instinctively knew that they had never arrived. They were always seeking to expand their present boundaries – always looking beyond the horizon, trying to feed the creative spark within themselves, to keep their gift and skill alive.
Jesus urges us to stay awake to life. He wants us to keep our hearts and minds open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. This could mean cultivating a sense of our own incompleteness, and at the same time, remaining open to newness, looking for truth and goodness wherever we might find it.
The season of Advent invites us to be more attentive to the divine presence in our lives. We might start by looking for signs of the divine in the places where we live and work. When you come across a neighbor who is suffering, might not Jesus be found there? As you experience the kindness and love in your own family, is that not a spark and sign of the divine presence? When the morning sun fills your sky, or the gentle rain falls to the ground, is that not the face and voice of God calling out to you? May we all have the grace of a heart that is open to all of God’s people and all of God’s creation.
As you may know, Pope Francis has declared a “Year of Mercy.” In the next twelve months, he has asked us to contemplate more deeply on the mystery of God’s abundant mercy – “the bridge that connects God and humanity, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever” (Misericordiae Vultus, 2).
Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. In this Advent season – during which we prepare to celebrate his coming to earth and as we anticipate the time when he will come again – let us better appreciate the salvation which his Death and Resurrection has won for us. Let us reflect more deeply on his Gospel of compassion and mercy. And may we, his disciples, bring that message of mercy and reconciliation to a world in need of it (Year of Mercy Documents – Part 3, Advent and Christmas).
With hearts open, share the light and the love of Christ.
With love and prayers,