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Ashland, Oregon

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Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Thanksgiving Day is not part of the culture I grew up with, it is not a holiday that we celebrate in the Philippines; but I believe that it is truly something that should be celebrated all over the world. It is a wonderful practice that builds relationships not only among people but also and more importantly, it builds relationship with…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, As a priest and as a person with love and hope for babies born, I am saddened that part of the money I pay on taxes will continue to fund abortions because Measure 106 did not get enough “Yes” votes. I will continue to pray for an end to abortion and healing for the women and men who fell victims…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I am sharing again the Archbishop’s letter for all of us regarding M106. Please read: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Praised be Jesus Christ! With your help, Oregon voters were able to get an important, statewide citizen initiative on the November ballot. Measure 106 is the Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion measure. Through the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon taxpayers fund ten abortions every day. It is…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This week and probably next week as well, I will share the Archbishop’s letter for all of us regarding M106. Please read: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Praised be Jesus Christ! With your help, Oregon voters were able to get an important, state-wide citizen initiative on the November ballot. Measure 106 is the Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion measure.…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Today’s gospel is the same gospel story of the more familiar version from St. Matthew. But in St. Matthew’s version of the gospel, the one who approached Jesus to talk to him about having places of honor beside Jesus was the mother of the brothers James and John. In both stories Jesus Christ’s response is the same – “You do not know what you are asking for, can…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, “It’s a great time to be a Catholic priest!” That was one of the things that the Archbishop told us during our Convocation two weeks ago. It is interesting because when the news of the cover up of the abuses that happened some years ago in a diocese in the east coast came out, my initial reaction – to be honest – was discouragement. I was so…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Thank you for all your prayers for our Annual Priests Convocation. Spending some time with my brother priests is always refreshing. Although Convocations are always mostly work, we still find time to socialize and share experiences in the ministry and that is very encouraging especially because we find support with each other. This year’s Convocation focused on Pastoral Planning for…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I would like to ask you to join me in praying for all of our brothers and sisters who are preparing to receive the sacraments. We have children who started their classes to prepare for their first Confession and first Communion – I don’t know if you still remember your first Confession and first Communion, but I am sure that…