Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message (Page 3)

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…

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…

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…