Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
918 West Mill Road
Evansville, IN 47710
Weekend Mass times
Weekday Mass Times Rosary: 4:30 pm Saturday Evenings before Mass
Monday 8:00 am Mass Reconciliation: 4:00-4:45 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am Mass Parish Office Hours Daily: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 pm Mass Closed for Lunch: 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am Mass
Friday 8:00 am Mass
Summer has begun...at least as you might count it from the end of the school year calendar. The grade school kids have quickly remembered their summer schedule...whether that is sleeping in or getting up to go to Summer SACC or somewhere else for summer supervision. Most of our college students are back in town & some are already headed back out for internships and other experiences this summer.
It used to be that in the summer months a pastor got a chance to catch his breath from the busy school year. Over the years that I have been a pastor though, I've found that busyness doesn't end, it just takes on another pace and focus. Over the summer there is Vacation Bible School, Mission Week around Evansville for our Jr High youth group and our Mission Trip to Pennsylvania for our High School youth group. And these are just the youth-focussed things that we have going on here at Holy Redeemer.
I am certainly glad to be a part of all of these wonderful things that we have going on here this summer at Holy Redeemer. It is the first summer over the last six that I am in a parish over the these months instead of in Washington, DC for canon law studies. I do so enjoy the different pace and focus for the summer and look forward to being a part of these things that I have so enjoyed in the past.
As we move to the summer, our own individual and summer schedules may adjust as well. As that happens, I do urge you in the midst of the change to please not take a vacation from your faith. It is easy to fall out of those habits of daily prayer and weekly Eucharist when the rest of our schedules change or we are out of town. As our summer schedules change, making that time for weekly Eucharist, or maybe even trying to go daily anchors us in Jesus present at the Mass and in the community. Also, it takes a little more effort on vacation to find the church and work your schedule to make it to Mass, but it is so worth it. Certainly that connection to Christ in the Eucharist and a new community is central. But I so used to enjoy, and still do, visiting another parish while away from the area as well. There is the chance to see that things are different regarding the church building, parish events, the priest's homily and the general feel of the parish family. We have a chance to experience things that might spark ideas for new things back home. At the same time, it hopefully affirms the feeling of home in our parish family. As much as some things may be different, it is still the same Mass, the same Jesus in His Body and Blood that comes to us in the Eucharist no matter where we are.
As we move into these summer months of changed schedules and changed areas of focus, let's not change our practice of and focus on our relationship with Christ. Let's not vacation from the Lord, but find Him in new places, new faces and new routines. As we do so, let us pray for one another wherever we may be.
Fr. Jason Gries
In reparation for the Catholic Church in light of recent reports of misconduct.
In prayerful response to the recent reports of misconduct by members of the clergy in the Church in the United States, we will be praying the Divine Mercy chaplet 10 minutes before our weekend Masses for the weeks to come. The chaplet was given to St. Faustina Kowalska in Poland in the 1930's through revelations of Jesus. The chaplet is prayed using a rosary and is easy to learn. Prayer aids will be in the missalettes. In the devotion, we pray for God's mercy for ourselves and the needs within the Church as well. Please do join us as we pray.