Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message (Page 11)

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I love you. A few days ago, we celebrated a memorial Mass for a parishioner who had the wonderful habit of saying “I love you” to everyone. It reminded me of my call to be an instrument of love to all the people that I minister to as a priest of God – I do what I do because I…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I would like to share with you a reflection I had during one of our daily Masses. The Gospel is about Jesus Christ as the Bread of Life. Some time ago, after the celebration of the liturgies of Holy Week, I took some days off to be with my brother priests and relax. We were having some beer as we…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Now that we are in the Easter Season on our way to Pentecost, I would like to thank all those who helped in the preparations for the celebrations during the Lenten Season leading to the Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday. In my reflections and prayers after the celebrations during the Holy Week, I was led to appreciate the many volunteers…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, “Peace be with you.” I was reflecting on this message of Jesus Christ to his disciples and I realized how connected God’s peace is with his mercy. We all know that God is merciful but we tend to take for granted the peace in our hearts that flows from his mercy. The disciples who were feeling abandoned and hopeless were…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, HE IS RISEN ALLELUIA!!! A Russian poet once said “Love is not love if it has no future.” Reading that line from the poet in the light of what Jesus Christ has done for us, it is so true. What Jesus revealed to us during his passion was His love for the Father and for us. Now, His resurrection shows…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Today we officially enter Holy Week as we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. We have begun the holiest of all weeks in our liturgical calendar and I hope that we all go through this week mindful of what God has done for us out of His great love for us. Again, let us not take for granted the…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, We are on the home stretch! After this coming week we will be celebrating the Holy Week. I am sure that I am not the only one saying, “It seems like we just celebrated Christmas!” Time flies so fast and if we are not very conscious about it, we might miss out on very important moments of our journey to…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Recently, I was visiting another parish to help with their Reconciliation Services, and I saw a quotation posted in the bulletin board in their sacristy. The quotation is from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Reading that quote not only helped me in hearing the confessions that evening, but it also made me realize that…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, “If you do not repent, you will all perish…” There is a sense of urgency in these words of Jesus and we should pay attention and listen to Him. It seems that Jesus wants to strike fear in all our hearts – “…you will all perish as they did!” – but I think if we are not afraid of perishing…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, During this Holy Season of Lent, there are a lot of things that we should be mindful of – things that we should do so that our relationship with our God can truly grow and bear fruit in the lives that we are living. Last Tuesday during the daily Mass, the Gospel reading was from Mt. 6:7-15 where Jesus Christ…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, We are already in the Holy Season of Lent. It is a penitential season so let us all be mindful of the faith practices that we are expected to do. There are times when we might feel like these practices are optional, no it is not. All Catholics from age 14 are expected to abstain from meat on Fridays and…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, On Wednesday, we will begin the Holy Season of Lent as we put ashes on our foreheads. Putting ashes on our foreheads is admitting our sinfulness. When we come forward to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday (this coming Wednesday), we are saying that we are sorry for our sins, and that we want to use the Season of Lent to…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, In our Gospel reading this Sunday, Jesus said that the scripture passage is fulfilled as the people heard Him read it. What wonderful news! This good news of the scripture passage being fulfilled in Jesus Christ continues to be true until today. I now invite you to reflect on this: Jesus came to set the captives free. “… He has…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Our Adult Faith Formation Committee is now preparing to start with its first class of the year and I would like to take this opportunity to invite all of you to participate in it. These classes will be an opportunity for us to grow together in our knowledge of what our faith teaches us and it will surely help in…

Pastor’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank those who were involved in making the church decorations really beautiful for the Christmas Season. Some parishioners told me that the decorations this past Christmas were some of the most beautiful they have seen. Maybe it’s because the poinsettias are all of the same color, or maybe because the…