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. Jack’s Weekly Message
Mother Theresa once said, “We are all pencils in the hand of God writing love letters to the world.” Be sure to pencil in on your calendar to give a gift of a rose on Friday, August 22, 2014. It’s our month’s mind remembering the first funeral Fr. Matt and I have had at MHR. As an act of prayer as many of us as possible will give a rose (a flower, a prayer, a kiss, a hug, a silent blessing, a text, a tweet, or anything sweet) as an act of goodness in the name of John Squeri and in the name of all of our Most Holy Redeemer’s dearly departed. During Friday coffee and treats after Mass that day (August 22) at the rectory, we will pause to pray words of blessing on all you our Most Holy Redeemer sisters and brothers as you share your rose.
Our Fifth Sunday second collection (August 30/31) is dedicated to the work of St. Vincent de Paul. This month’s collection will be distributed for assistance to our sisters and children who are displaced from countries where they have determined there is no hope. Tim Sullivan, who helped me drive here from Kansas (City), writes of the needs of where he is volunteering in Houston, Texas:
“At Casa Juan Diego we are seeing mothers with small children coming to us from the border. We have housing available for about 17 mothers with small children. At the moment we have a real need for more live-in Spanish speaking women volunteers. There is an application process and a 3 month minimum commitment. If you have anyone that fits that description maybe your parish could support them somehow. The position includes free room and board plus $100 a month stipend. Your financial support for that effort would be welcome. We do not get any support from the government or the diocesan church. All our dollars come from individuals like you and me.”
If anyone fitting their needs (woman, bi-lingual, able to commit for three months, know of our prayer and encouragement. As Tim said in his final two sentences, any financial support we can give to that program will help. An anonymous donor has agreed to match our weekend collection. This is a way for us to know how our contributions help. Thanks for your generosity.
Our beautiful garden was home to a “Reconnecting” picnic this past weekend. This program is designed for Catholics who for whatever reason want to learn more about our Roman Catholic faith and tradition. You can tell it is a very beneficial and successful program. Maybe this program is for you. Cyndy Zimmer is the contact person in case you’re interested.