Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message (Page 3)

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Lent is a time of repentance and conversion and as a fruit of these, we ask for God’s forgiveness and mercy. But the call of the Lenten season I believe is not just for us to ask our Lord to forgive us, but for us to be forgiving to others as well. Forgiving others is something that is truly not…

Message from Deacon Ricardo

Dear Parishioners, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your prayers and support that you have shown to me and my family with the passing of my mother. It is a great privilege to be part of this wonderful community. It truly is a gift from God that I cannot thank you for enough. I had the…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This is the third and final part of St. Francis de Sales’ words on Penitence: “God has promised eternal rewards for the work of those who are just, but if the just person turns away from just deeds through sin, God will no longer remember the just deeds and the good works that person has done. Nevertheless, if this poor…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This is the second part of what St. Francis de Sales said about penitence. “There is a real temptation to become dissatisfied with the world and depressed about it when we must be in it. God’s providence is wiser that we are. We imagine we would feel better if we were on another ship; that may be, but only if…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, With the season of Lent fast approaching, I would like to share with you once again this Golden Counsel from the great spiritual director St. Francis de Sales. The season of Lent as we all know is a penitential season, I hope that we will all prepare ourselves for this wonderful season of renewal and conversion. This is what St.…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, He went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. The Gospel that we have for this Sunday describes a typically busy day for Jesus. After curing the man with an unclean spirit in the synagogue of Capernaum, he heals Peter’s mother-in-law, cures many others who are sick, and drives out demons. The following day, he again goes about preaching…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, A new teaching with authority. The people in our Gospel for this Sunday were amazed at how Jesus taught because He taught like no other teacher taught. But the question is, did they learn? Were they all converted and did they all become followers of Jesus and believers of the Gospel? No, not all of them learned. In fact, some…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, As we continue with this new year, let us be mindful of the scheduled activities and events that we have in our parish community. All these events and activities aim to enrich us in our spiritual lives and build relationships among the people in our parish community. I hope that you can make time for them and take advantage of them so that we can all be helped…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, The Gospel that we have for this Sunday is a narration of a day that the author remembers very clearly. We have a clue about how he remembered it clearly by a line that is so simple that we can easily pass it by without realizing its significance. The author wrote: “It was about four in the afternoon…” The Gospel…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. This is where we celebrate the manifestation of our Lord to all the world as represented by the wise men who came from far different lands to pay homage to the newborn King. In some cultures, it is during this feast day when they open gifts received during…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, As we celebrate today the feast day of the Holy Family, let us be inspired by the openness and obedience of Mary and Joseph to the will of the Father in heaven. Mary and Joseph had to go through a lot of trials but they triumphed because of their obedience to God’s will – they listened to God for instructions…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Rejoice! Rejoice! For the true Light which enlightens everyone has come. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us allow the light of Jesus Christ illumine our hearts today and everyday so that our life as His followers may continue to serve as the light that brings joy in our world. May our Lord’s presence in…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Rejoice! Rejoice! Today is Gaudete Sunday and it is called Gaudete Sunday because the entrance antiphon for our celebrations this weekend tells us to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.” A few more days and we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and this is truly…

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…