Pastor’s Message

WELCOME! WELCOME! TO HOLY REDEEMER CHURCH

Father Alex

Father Alex

“Behold, how good it is, and how pleasant, where brethren dwell at one” (Psalm 133:1). Holy Redeemer Church is a welcoming Catholic community and each day strives to live out better the above words of the psalmist. Jesus himself re-affirms this sense of brotherhood and love: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20). As a welcoming Catholic community, we are called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people. What a better a better place to experience this sense of brotherhood than in the celebration of Holy Mass which is the center of the whole Christian life for the universal Church, the local Church and for each one of the faithful. “All other sacred celebrations and activities of the Christian life are related to the Mass; they spring forth from it and culminate in it.”(Vatican II: Sacred Liturgy : 1). Consequently Holy Redeemer Church tries to prepare well for the celebration of Sunday Mass. There is always room for improvement. Come and be part of this process. Bring your talents to bear whether in music, or as a lector, interested in works of mercy, justice ministry, good in welcoming people as a greeter, and other services in our Church community.

Were you once an active Catholic member but has withdrawn for a variety of reasons or joined a non-Catholic community? Perhaps you have never belonged to a Church. Have you expressed an interest in becoming a Catholic but do not know how to go about it? Are you one of those who love God at heart and would like to encounter him more deeply in Church but prevented by peer pressure? Are you disappointed in life and feel that nothing seems to work out well with you and blame God for all your ills? God is beckoning you to return to him. Why not make Holy Redeemer Church the place for a fresh start? Be part of the renewal our parish.

“Then he told them: “ Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation. “(Mark 16:15). Jesus’ invitation to preach the good news is not meant only for the Apostles and their

Successors the college of bishops in union with the Holy Father but to the faithful as well. Can we carry the torch and make Christ’s saving mission our own also? Surely we can. By virtue of our baptism which makes us members of Christ’s body we are implicated in spreading the faith.

Paul adds his voice: “But how shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can They believe unless they have heard of him? And how can they hear unless there is someone to Preach? (Romans 10: 14).

Holy Redeemer Church is revitalizing her evangelization committee for mission outreach. Beginning with our relatives who have fallen by the wayside in terms of practicing their Catholic faith, we can bring good news of the gospel to the poor, liberty to those bound by addictions and compulsions, and we can give the light of knowledge and vision to those who are blinded by this world’s darkness.

Working for justice and peace is an integral part of the gospel. This is why Holy Redeemer Church is an active member of PACT (People Acting for Community Together) > Some of our members are involved in groups addressing Youth Arrests, Civil Citations, Out of School Suspensions, and Affordable Housing. By respecting life, and doing our best to live in honesty, working for peace and justice in our homes and places of work we bear witness to Christ’s mission on earth. We invite new members to join us in our efforts to build up a holistic ministry, a ministry that tries to address the needs of the whole person. This is a work in progress which we want you to be part of. The vision is in imitation of Christ as reflected in John:

“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. ‘ As he watched Jesus walk by he said, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard what he said, and followed Jesus.” When Jesus turned around and noticed them following him, he asked them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi (which means Teacher), where do you stay?” “Come and see,” he answered. …One of the two who had followed him after hearing John was Simon Peter’s brother Andrew. The first thing he did was seek out his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah!” (John 1: 35-41).

Having received the good news of Jesus Christ, are you ready to share it with others , like Andrew bring the good news of Jesus Christ to others ? That is the challenge facing all of us at Holy Redeemer Church.

Our Church takes the formation of our young people seriously. We prepare them well in our Sunday School and other activities that prepare them to find their way as they aim to be good adult Catholics and citizens. Come and be part of preparing our youth to the challenges and pressures they face not only from their peers but from secular media and all the modern gadgets that turn their minds and hearts away from religion and family.

Rev. Alexander Ekechukwu C.S.Sp.

ADMINISTRATOR