Newsletter – February 2019

January 31, 2019

Upcoming Events

Come & See Retreats– Seeking a deeper relationship with God? We offer retreats to explore questions of faith and to share an experience of our life of prayer, community, and service.  For more information please contact us to learn when the next retreat will be offered.

Holy Hour 1st Friday of each month at our Redeemer Chapel. You are welcome to join us for Eucharistic Adoration between 4 – 5pm on Friday, February 1st.

Redeemer Associate Gathering – February 14th at 7pm at the Province Center.  This month’s theme: The Merciful – Compassion.  Learn more about Redeemer Associates

Evening Mass & Supper – Join us for Mass and a simple meal on the last Monday of each month at 6pm. The next date is February 25th.  Respond here to attend.

Summer Garden Internship:
SERVE at Redeemer Valley Garden
LEARN about sustainable growing practices
GROW spiritually and live together in community sharing meals and prayer.
Learn more about this exciting new opportunity!

Recent Happenings

Panama in the City – Our Sister Kim traveled to Washington D.C. January 25 – 27th to participate in a local celebration of World Youth Day which simultaneously took place in Panama.  She joined several other Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests to share the joy of consecrated life.

Redeemer Ministry Corp Mid-year Retreat – each year volunteers with our Redeemer Ministry Corps program participate in a weekend retreat.  This offers a time to reflect on the first half of the volunteer year and mindfully enter into the remaining months.  Volunteers are fortunate to take this retreat at the New Jersey shore – a place of quiet spaciousness.

Urban Plunge – on January 6thwe welcomed four students from Notre Dame University for their 3 day immersion experience of service to learn more about the reality of poverty in the Philadelphia area.  We are grateful for and inspired by their presence with us!

Participating in our Community Garden ministry


Excerpt from Pope Francis’ Final Mass Homily of World Youth Day in Panama 2019.  Read the Homily in its entirety 

“Jesus reveals the now of God, who comes to meet us and call us to take part in his now of “proclaiming good news to the poor… bringing liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, setting at liberty those who are oppressed, announcing the year of the Lord’s favour” (Lk 4:18-19). This is the now of God. It becomes present with Jesus: it has a face, it is flesh. It is a merciful love that does not wait for ideal or perfect situations to show itself, nor does it accept excuses for its appearance. It is God’s time, that makes every situation and place both right and proper. In Jesus, the promised future begins and becomes life.

Not tomorrow but now, for wherever your treasure is, there will your heart also be (cf. Mt 6:21). Whatever you fall in love with, it will win over not only your imagination, it will affect everything. It will be what makes you get up in the morning, what keeps you going at times of fatigue, what will break open your hearts and fill you with wonder, joy and gratitude. Realize that you have a mission and fall in love; that will decide everything (cf. PEDRO ARRUPE, S.J., Nada es más práctico). We may possess everything, but if we lack the passion of love, we will have nothing. Let us allow the Lord to make us fall in love!

For Jesus, there is no “meantime”, but only a merciful love that wants to enter into and win over our hearts. He wants to be our treasure, because he is not a “meantime”, an interval in life or a passing fad; he is generous love that invites us to entrust ourselves.

He is concrete, close, real love. He is festive joy, born of opting for and taking part in the miraculous draught of hope and charity, solidarity and fraternity, despite the paralyzed and paralyzing gaze born of fear and exclusion, speculation and manipulation.

Brothers and sisters, the Lord and his mission are not a “meantime” in our life, something temporary; they are our life!”