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Ashland, Oregon

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Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Recently I was listening to a podcast of an interview of Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ by Ms. Krista Tippett. Fr. Greg is a Jesuit priest who has a gang intervention ministry in Los Angeles. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in businesses around Los Angeles. These employments give the former gang members a new beginning and a…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday, we begin a new liturgical year as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. The time of Advent underlines the theme of being prepared for the coming again of the Lord. I think it is important for us to once again be reminded that the holy season of Advent is not just a preparation for the celebration of…

Fr Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, which means that next week we are welcoming a new liturgical year as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent (time really goes so fast!). It is very fitting that the last Sunday celebration of the Liturgical Year is a celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Let…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, After a few months of being an assistant parish priest in Eugene (St. Mary’s Catholic Church) one parishioner there approached me and congratulated me. She said it was amazing how quickly I was in learning to speak the English language and that I was improving a lot. She said that she used to have a hard time understanding me when…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Two Sundays ago, Deacon Ricardo and I started meeting with our youth group. As you all already know, I will take charge of our youth group meetings with the help of Deacon Ricardo until we hire a new youth minister. I am hoping for your continued support and prayers for our younger brothers and sisters. This truly is an exciting…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, On Wednesday, November 1, we will celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. Every time we celebrate the feast day of All Saints, I am always reminded of my hope that someday I will be one of those whose feast day is on the first of November. Yes, I am hoping that someday,…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, The 100th anniversary of the sixth and last apparition of our Blessed Mother in Cova, Fatima was last Friday, October 13. One hundred years ago, thousands of people witnessed the miracle of the sun where people saw the sun spinning (or dancing as other witnesses described it) in the sky. It came down close to the earth and then it…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Yesterday, October 7, was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This is a short story I found about the origin of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. On October 7, 1571, the combined Christian fleets under Don John of Austria achieved a significant naval victory over the Turks in the Straits of Lepanto. Thousands of Christians…