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.

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 Fr. Matt’s Message

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,” Jesus tells us. It seems to me that life is filled with many narrow passages – many responsibilities and demands, new challenges and no shortage of obstacle – it’s always something. 

Faith is not so much about things coming up, because don’t things always come up?  No, it’s not about all that life brings, but about how we respond to the stuff of life, both good and bad.  And for us, that is where Jesus comes in. Responding to life with the values Jesus brought can only help us as we strive to make it unburdened on this beautiful journey, unburdened through that narrow gate.

Paul in his letter to the Hebrews encourages us to respond to the challenges and hardships of life with hearts that are thankful.  Thankful?  Thankful for the discipline that comes from a loving Teacher.  The word discipline comes from disciple – one who learns from another.  Jesus teaches us the way. Together we strive to learn and to grow.  We strive to be true to the discipline of Jesus’ way. 

Going through a narrow passageway is not always a pleasant experience, squeezing through a tight opening can be pretty uncomfortable. But sometimes in experiencing discomfort we find ourselves in the places where we need to be. 

Mike Poma returned this week from vacation.  Mike is one of the most disciplined people I know.  His days are long and he works hard without complaint, rarely taking even one full day away from his work and ministry here at MHR.  It seems that Mike is always there and right when you need him, often behind the scenes, making sure that everything runs smoothly. When you see Mike, please join me in thanking him for all that he does for the parish.  He is an amazing blessing.  

I will be taking a few days away to be with my Precious Blood community and with my family.  Know that I always keep you in my prayers.

Fr. Joe Bradley begins his ministry with us with a grateful heart.  In his book, The Four Gifts, Joe writes, “I count my blessings every day, every hour, every minute.  I’ve been granted the blessing of faith, sobriety, a new heart, and a fulfilling ministry … much more than I deserve.”   Welcome, Fr. Joe!  We are happy to count you as one of our blessings.

Be sure to mark your calendar and save the date for our Parish Barbecue on Sunday, September 11, immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Mass.  As always, we are looking for volunteers to help with this fun event.

Let us all walk joyfully and gratefully with the Lord, keeping our eyes fixed on that narrow door and all of the goodness that lies ahead.

With love and prayers,

Fr. Matt

 

 
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