Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, We are now entering the week we call Holy. I would like us to be reminded that it is called holy not because of things we will do, but because of the things that were done for us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us go through our prayers and sacrifices with gratefulness in our hearts and mindful…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I would like to share with you these guidelines from the Office of Divine Worship from the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon about caring for the sick during these times of difficulties. Please be guided and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call. In Christ, Fr. Maro Pastoral Care of the Sick in…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, We are living in difficult times and our lives have been disrupted. Things changed very fast and we can only do our best to adapt just as fast to the temporary changes in our lives. One thing will never change though, and that is God’s love for us. For our part let us continue to have faith in our God…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, In the midst of all the news about the dangers of coronavirus, I encourage you to be vigilant in protecting yourselves by observing the necessary steps to lessen the possibility of getting infected. Clean your hands often by washing thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially if you have been in a public place or after…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Let us be reminded that the Holy Season of Lent is a penitential season and we are all called to repent from our sins and do penance so that we may unite ourselves with Jesus and celebrate Easter more worthily. It is truly important for us to be reminded of the penitential actions that we must do during this season…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, The Holy Season of Lent is upon us; let us be reminded that it is a penitential season. That means our daily activities should be marked by penance and sacrifices as we all journey through these 40 days of Lent leading to Easter. Just a few reminders (and it is good to be reminded) about the practice of fasting and…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I announced last weekend that there will be an opportunity for the members of our parish community to volunteer and serve food for our brothers and sisters who are staying at the Winter Shelter in downtown Ashland. I am so glad that a lot of you have already expressed interest in this endeavor. The sign up sheet is already in…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Today, throughout the Archdiocese of Portland in Western Oregon, every parish is asking for their parishioners’ help to assist the parish-based ministries supported by the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal. Once again, I am knocking at the doors of your generous hearts to request for financial help for our parish’s contribution to this year’s Appeal. Our goal this year is $29,115.46. We…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Next weekend is Commitment Weekend for the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal. As usual, we will watch a video from Archbishop Sample about the Appeal. If you received a personalized commitment card in the mail please bring it to Mass with you next week (February 8-9, 2020) as we join together to support our Catholic Church in Western Oregon. If you did…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Jesus Christ’s message when He began His public ministry is a call for repentance: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The repentance Jesus preached was radical – this means a complete about-face – a call to turn away from things that cause sin like pride, laziness, selfishness, self-centeredness and so many other things. He calls the people,…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, We are done with the Christmas season and now we are on the Ordinary Time of our Liturgical Calendar. I invite you to persevere on the celebration of the Sacraments and on receiving grace from God particularly through the celebration of the Holy Mass. The following are quotations from St. Leonard’s The Hidden Treasure – Holy Mass: “At the hour…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, As we end the holy season of Christmas in the celebration of the feast of our Lord’s Baptism, let us call to mind our own baptism. As baptized followers of Jesus Christ, let us be reminded that we in our own baptism, were anointed to be sharers in our Lord’s priestly, prophetic, and kingly ministry – let us persevere in…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Happy Feast Day of the Lord’s Epiphany! The Feast of the Lord’s Epiphany is always wonderful to celebrate for we are reminded of our Faith’s universality – the Lord came to be King of all the world. In this feast, we commemorate the manifestation of the Lord to all the world as represented by the Magi coming from different parts…

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 and…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, A few days more and we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas!!! Let us welcome Jesus into our hearts and let us allow ourselves to become his living presence here on earth so that even if all the decorations are gone and the season is over, we will still feel the spirit…