Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message (Page 2)

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…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Words cannot really express how grateful I am for having been given the privilege of becoming a part of Our Lady of the Mountain Parish Community. God is really good and wise. In His infinite wisdom, he taught me so many things here at Our Lady of the Mountain. As you all know, I just turned 11 years old as…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, In the coming Sundays, some of the youngest members of our parish community are receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. How exciting it must be for them! I love how in the midst of all the changes we have to adjust to because of the pandemic, the life of the Church continues. The Holy Spirit will always…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Happy Birthday to our Church! As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, we also celebrate the birth of our Church. In our celebration, let us be reminded of the mission that we have as members of our Church. In all of the four gospels, Jesus sent the disciples on a mission. But he did not want them to go alone or on…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Brothers and sisters, the Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension we celebrating today is the visible departure of Jesus to his Father, marking the end of his appearances to the disciples as a group. Jesus will come again, as proclaimed in our first reading. The time between his visible ascension and his return at the end of time is the era…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I am pleased to announce that next weekend, we are ready to reopen. Although there is a limit to the number of people who can attend at each Mass, it is an opportunity to be together and physically receive Jesus in the Eucharist. However, there are things that need to be clear to everyone. Please see the enclosed insert. It…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, To all the mothers of our parish community here at Our Lady of the Mountain, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! Thank you for all the love that you give. As I have said before, your love comes close to the love that our Lord gives us – unconditional and free of charge. Thank you very much. May God…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as the Good Shepherd Sunday. Next to Easter and Christmas, this Sunday is perhaps one of the Sundays that I always look forward to and the reason is because the parish church I attended with my family as I was growing up is called The Good Shepherd Parish and every fourth Sunday…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This is the fifth Sunday since we last celebrated the Eucharist physically together here at Our Lady of the Mountain church building. But wherever you are and whatever device you are using to “attend” our celebration through Facebook live, please remember that we are still celebrating the Eucharist together – we are one and united in worshiping our God. Our…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. The Sunday after Easter Sunday is always celebrated as the Divine Mercy Sunday. God is love, yes. But love that stoops to weakness, poverty, suffering, and sinfulness is mercy. Because we are weak and sinful, the Lord shows his love to us as mercy. We are completely undeserving of God’s love, but he gives it…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, The Lord is risen Alleluia!!! As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us be mindful of why we are celebrating and let us be grateful. God loves us so much that he sacrificed himself so that we can be saved from the power of sin and death and have eternal life with him in heaven. In…

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…