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 Weekly Message

When I was a child my parents tried to teach my siblings and me to be God’s coworkers.  They used life lessons and would bring us along as they volunteered and gave of their time and energy, encouraging us to find ways that we could help others.  My parents also taught us that being one of God’s coworkers usually happens in simple and everyday ways.  A word of welcome, an act of kindness, an offer or gesture of friendship and love to another, making the effort to find forgiveness and healing where our relationships are broken, reaching out to help someone less fortunate or in need.  When we live this way, we are keeping our faith alive, living out our call to live holy lives in imitation of the mysterious relationship in the Holy Trinity.  I can picture a framed needle point in our dining room, “What we are is God’s gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God.”  When St. Paul stood up at the Areopagus he said it like this, “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).   

As we enter into our sacred places and moments of prayer, we strive to connect with God and with one another.  We do this in worship, in prayer, in our thoughts and in our concerns.  Of course we know that the church is not the only place these connections happen.  As we long for what is good and what is right, our expressions of love, concern, and care for our sisters and brothers, our desire to live in such ways that make the world a better place, our call to do good and to be good, all of these help us remain connected to God working in us and through us.  

In the Second Eucharistic Prayer, we call on God as the fount of all holiness.  The fountain of holy love flows over and into all of creation.  When we let this love flow into our lives, motivating us to give of our loving energy, we become more and more like God.  It is then we realize that God is closer to us than we ever expected.  God is truly a part of us and we begin to accept that great challenge of the Eucharist, to become the one whom we have received.  God loves us not because we are good.  God loves us because God is good.  God’s unconditional love for us is the Good News.  Our response is one of trust in God and love towards one another.  

As we enter back into the season of Ordinary Time, the vestments and the altar adornments go back to the many beautiful shades of green.  This change of season is bringing some excitement into our Liturgy and Worship Committee as they begin to explore the many styles and options of banners and altar adornments that are available to us.  As the liturgical environment and the priest’s vestments go green, we want to do the work as a parish to go green as well.  Our own Barbara Applegate attended a seminar in April on Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the care for our common home.  In the first paragraph of the encyclical, the Holy Father begins, “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs” (paragraph 1).  Barbara came back from this seminar with great enthusiasm and immediately went about the work of assembling a team to help our parish go green.  We are calling these next three Sundays “Green Sunday” to help us be mindful and careful about the choices we make and the proper disposal of recyclables and compostables.  The Green Team will be on duty at coffee hour to educate us on the proper use of the green, blue and black bins so together we can take better care of our common home.  Thank you Barbara and all of the members of our Green Team!

To each and every one of you, thank you for all you do for our parish family!  It is truly a blessing and a privilege to minister and serve with you at MHR, this place we all call home!

Have a beautiful week!

With love and prayers,

Fr. Matt


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Thursday, May 26th – 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Dinner and Cabaret at the Villa D’Este in San Francisco – A fundraiser for US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking.
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Drop in Grief Support Group – Third Thursday of the month. The next session is May 19th – 7:30pm to 8:45pm in the MHR Library.
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