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Ashland, Oregon

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Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, This past Monday the church celebrated the feast day of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. In a homily on the call of Matthew, one of the great theologians of the Church, Saint Bede the Venerable, reflected on the importance that the conversion of this one tax collector had on the world. Tax collectors were among the most despised people in…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, To all of you who have been impacted by the fires, please know that you are in my prayers. I was in Mount Angel with Archbishop Sample and several other priests when the fires started and they asked me to express their concern and prayers for you. As we begin the long process of recovery, many people are asking how…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, In last weekend’s letter, I wrote about some concerns that I have had about the security of the parish facilities. As a reminder, if you use a key to enter any of the parish buildings, please make sure that all doors and windows are securely locked and fastened when you leave. Also, please make sure that children are always under…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, First, after speaking with the parish staff and some members of the pastoral council, I have sadly decided that the church and parish hall must be locked when they are not in use. I know that this will be a hardship for some of you, but, unfortunately, not everybody who comes into a church does so with good intentions. There…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, This weekend we begin a celebration of the Patroness of our Parish, the Blessed Virgin Mary. We begin by celebrating her Assumption, body and soul into heaven and then next weekend, on August 22, 2020 we will celebrate her crowning as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Mary is the patroness of our parish, our archdiocese, and our nation. We can…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, In the Beatitudes, Our Lord Jesus tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” If we want peace in our world, it begins with each one of us. We all have a personal responsibility to be a peacemaker… within our families, at work, in our parish community, in our city, state, and nation, and…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, My letter this weekend is sort of a good news/bad news letter. It’s always best to get the bad news out of the way first. It probably won’t come as a surprise that with the COVID-19 situation we will not be able to have the parish picnic this year; hopefully we will be able to have it next year. It…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This is Fr. Brent, your new priest and administrator. In this first letter, I’d like to briefly introduce myself and tell you how happy I am to be with you at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland. I grew up in Applegate, went to Hidden Valley High School, and then Oregon State University, where I originally studied in…