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From the Parish Priest
The Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer is the titular feast celebrated on every third Sunday of July by our congregation, ‘The Congregation of Priests and Brothers of the Most Holy Redeemer’ commonly known as the Redemptorists. This feast reminds us that Christ is the Redeemer of all mankind who was sent by God. We read in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Again in Luke 4:18 we read, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Redemption is thus at the very heart of the Christian faith. This truth is urged by St. Alphonsus to proclaim God’s plentiful redemption to the most abandoned goat herds at Scala on the Amalfi coasts in Italy. He understood the Redeemer as the manifestation of God’s limitless compassion for humanity which leads to God’s own self emptying for the life of the world.
St. Alphonsus preached God’s self-emptying through what is now called the Spirituality of St. Alphonsus which has the following four elements “Crib, Cross, Eucharist and Mary.” Through the crib, the cross, Eucharist and Mary he brought to the forefront that Redemption is available to all who turn to Jesus believing in His birth, death, resurrection and seeking the help of Mary the Mother of Mercy.
This singular belief was also affirmed by many other Saints including St. John Marie Vianney whose feast we will celebrate on 4th August soon after the Feast of St. Alphonsus (August 1st).
As the parish team completes one quarter of the year in the parish, it has been a joy to share in the Redeeming mission of Jesus. However I put the onus also upon every parishioner to be a Redeemer like Christ. Let us make this Redeeming work of God a tangible experience in our parish family. I thank everyone for your cooperation and wish God’s blessings of Plentiful Redemption upon you.
Happy Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer, St. Alphonsus, our founder and St. John Marie Vianney, the patron saint of all the Priests.
Fr. Anthony Swamy, C.Ss.R