Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message (Page 2)

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…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday we have the installation of the new members of the Parish Pastoral Council. We thank the previous members of the council and we welcome new ones. We especially thank our former Parish Pastoral Council Chair, Earl Parrish, for his generosity in giving his time, talents, and treasures in leading our Pastoral Council. Let us pray for him as he continues to serve our Lord…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, For the past two Sundays we have been announcing and promoting the online giving that we recently set up for our parish collections. I believe that it is a more efficient way of giving donations to the parish. It allows parishioners to continue their duty of contributing for the work of the parish community even if they are away on…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, The sun is beautiful. Reflecting on the total solar eclipse that I was so blessed to witness, I realized that the sun is really beautiful. But our sun’s beauty is not always recognizable and we often take it for granted because it is not always possible to look at it directly. However, during the eclipse, when the moon was totally in front of it, I was able to…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, September is almost here and that means the end of summer is coming and the beginning of a new school year for our parish community. Sacramental preparation classes (First Confession, First Communion, and Confirmation), Adult Faith formation classes, RCIA, Newman Center meetings, and so many other parish programs are again starting. I would like to again encourage you to be…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Happy Feast Day! I believe it is still very important for us to be aware of our own feast day wherein we celebrate our own community as a community of disciples of Jesus Christ. In our celebration, yes, we are calling to mind our oneness as God’s people, but more particularly, our oneness as people who belong to Our Lady…

Message from Deacon Ricardo

Dear Parishioners, It is my hope that everyone is doing well; this is my first time writing for the bulletin and let me tell you that this is one of the hardest things for me to do. I guess this is one of the reasons I became a mechanic! A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Sacred…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Thank you once again for all your prayers, I am back and it is good to be back. Spending some time away from “work” is like a retreat for me where I encounter our Lord in a different way than the normal encounter I have with Him in the daily ministry that I have as a pastor. The life of…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Thank you for your prayers for my safe travels. The plane did not explode and I am now having a wonderful time visiting my home country, my friends, but most especially my family. I am having a lot of fun recalling the past and laughing with my siblings as we reminisce the good times we had growing up together. Spending…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Happy Father’s Day to all fathers in our parish community and everywhere! May God continue to bless you all as you persevere in your ministry as fathers to the children that God has given to your care. With your wife, may you always be led by the Holy Spirit in being the leaders and teachers of your children especially in…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Happy Birthday to our Church! As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, we also celebrate the birth of our Church. In our celebration, let us be reminded of the mission that we have as members of our Church. In all of the four Gospels, Jesus sent the disciples on a mission. But he did not want them to go alone or on…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Brothers and sisters, the Lord’s ascension we celebrate today is the visible departure of Jesus to his Father, marking the end of his appearances to the disciples as a group. Jesus will come again, as proclaimed in our first reading. The time between his visible ascension and his return at the end of time is the era of the Church,…