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.
Photo Sessions for the new MHR Pictorial are under way. We have one more weekend available for photo session appointments: Saturday and Sunday, August 6th and 7th. Please click on the sign up button to schedule an appointment or you may call (415) 863-6259 to make an appointment.
We stand with Orlando!
Vigil Service – June 23, 2016 7pm
Fr. Matt’s Weekly Message
“When it came close to the time for his Ascension, Jesus gathered up his courage and steeled himself for the journey to Jerusalem”.
This description of Jesus tells something of what was going on inside of him. Knowing he was walking into a situation where things would not end well, he summoned up every ounce of faith and courage as he began his last journey to Jerusalem.
Every one of us is asked to take the same journey as Jesus. We are called by Jesus himself to be faithful and courageous in doing our part to bring about God’s Kingdom.
And so we look for support for our faith and give our support to others. It’s just too difficult to keep travelling alone and we are healthier and happier when we have companions on the journey.
We can grow weary. It’s good to have others we can lean on.
When we find it hard to believe, it’s good to have friends whose faith is strong. When we get discouraged, it’s good to have others to lean on who can help us keep moving forward. We try to do and be the same for each other.
In the Gospel, Jesus encountered hostility along the way but he refused to give in to hate or retaliation. He taught the disciples and continues to teach us that violence only breeds more violence and anger more anger. Mother Teresa said it like this, “Peace begins with a smile.”
Christ challenges us to respond to darkness with light; to respond to what is worst in the other with what is best in us. Let us continue to proudly journey together, especially in these days when the road has been so long and many have grown weary. Let your light shine. Let your love conquer hate.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fr. Martin de Porres Walsh, OP wanted me to be sure to extend his gratitude for your warmth and hospitality. Thank you for your generous response to our mission appeal. He and I are so grateful for your kindness and generosity.
This weekend we express our gratitude and ask God’s blessings for our own Sr. Irma Dillard, RSCJ. As our Director of Mission, Sister has worked tirelessly in our RCIA program and journeyed with our ministry leaders over this past year. She will be taking on new responsibilities with her religious congregation and so will be leaving our staff. Sr. Irma will continue to be present at our Wednesday Night Suppers and she will still be around, so this is not a goodbye but a big thank you for the many gifts she has so generously shared with us. Thank you and God bless you Sister!
Thank you for all you do! It is a blessing to be on this journey with all of you.
With love and prayers of gratitude,