Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, This weekend we enter into Advent, the period in which we prepare our hearts and our homes to welcome the baby Jesus at Christmas. It is also a period in which we prepare our souls for the return of Christ in glory at the end of time. The state of the world today has many of us thinking that the…

Fr. Bent’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I’m not a fan of Christmas music and Christmas decorations in November; I’ll set up some Christmas stuff in my house after Thanksgiving, but no music until Christmas Day. However, I recently received a text from one of my friends who is even more opposed to jumping the gun on Christmas than I am. This text included a photo of…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, This week, as COVID numbers continue to climb once again, it’s time for some reminders. FIRST: Face coverings are required in the church. It is unfortunate that this simple means of helping to slow the spread of the illness has been so politicized in our society. Wearing face coverings should be seen as an ACT OF LOVE. The more someone…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, Throughout the month of November, we are encouraged to pray for the Faithful Departed. The need and duty of prayer for the dead has been acknowledged by the Church. It is one of the spiritual works of mercy. Reference to praying for the dead can be found in the Old Testament, specifically the Second Book of Maccabees (12:46): “It is…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, The month of October has flown by and the first three days of November bring with them some very important events. Sunday, November 1 is All Saints Day. The Vigil Mass on Saturday, October 31 (also known as Halloween) will, of course, be celebrated as All Saints Day. This gives us an opportunity to remember that Christians celebrate the saints…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, Last weekend, on October 10, the church got a new “blessed”! His name is Carlo Acutis and he is the first member of the “millennial” generation to be beatified. He was from northern Italy and was only 15 years old when he died of leukemia in a hospital in Monza, Italy, only 90 miles from Turin, the hometown of my…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, In 2015, shortly after he released his encyclical “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis asked that September 1 be observed as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. That day has long since come and gone, as has the entire month of September. However, October has always been the month in which the great outdoors has called to…

Fr. Brent’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends, This Sunday is “Respect Life Sunday,” and as Catholics in the United States, we observe the month of October as a time to “focus on God’s precious gift of human life and our responsibility to care for, protect, and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters” (www.usccb.org). “The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment…

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…