Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message (Page 4)

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Happy Feast Day! On Wednesday, August 15th, we will be celebrating our parish feast day. Normally we celebrate our feast day with a picnic the Sunday before, but as announced, we are moving our parish picnic to next month, (September 9); so I hope you will all come here at OLM on Wednesday to celebrate with a Mass the Solemnity of our Blessed Mother’s Assumption. It is…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the proper dispositions we should have in the celebration of the Eucharist, particularly when we are in procession to receive the holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during Communion. I think it is wonderful that our community is so friendly and welcoming and it is beautiful to see how parishioners will sometimes go out of…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Recently I received a note from one of you asking if I could “give a lesson/task we should do for the week to complete and have a new one each week.” That is really a great idea and I have some priest friends who do that during their homilies – in their parishes but especially to children whenever they do…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I would like to share with you some of my insights and reflections during our past clergy retreat. Again, I would like to thank you for your prayers for all of us priests, we do need it. And be assured of my prayers for all of you as well. Speaking of prayer, one of the things that we as priests were…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I would like to take this opportunity to greet all fathers in our community with a very Happy Father’s day! This day is a celebration of fatherhood and in thanksgiving I would like to honor you all by offering for you prayers and sacrifices today. May you continue to be the pillars that keep the home standing strong against any…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This weekend, changes in our liturgical celebrations, specifically the celebration of the Mass, will begin. A few years ago we had some changes when we started using the new Roman Missal with the new translation and it was quite an adjustment. I think it will take some time too to get used to the new postures that we will now do. As in the changes that took place…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, The solemnity that we are celebrating today celebrates not just a saint or an event of our salvation. It is the feast of God himself. We celebrate God as He revealed himself to us: three persons in one God, or one God in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Our Trinitarian God is the greatest of all Christian mysteries…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, On June 3, 2018, the Archbishop is implementing some changes in the liturgical celebrations that we have in the Archdiocese and one of those changes will be regarding the celebration of ‘Communion Services’ – no ‘Communion Services’ are to occur without his express permission. In a letter sent by the Archbishop to all priests in the Archdiocese of Portland, he…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! Once again, I thank you for your love for your children which comes close to the love of God for His people – freely given and unconditional. My prayers and sacrifices for today are offered for all of you. May God continue to bless you as you continue your mission of helping not only your husbands become saints in heaven but also…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, So I also love you. Our Gospel today shows one of the few instances where Jesus told his disciples explicitly, “I love you.” It might seem like impossible that Jesus did not say it more often. I looked for scripture passages that show Jesus saying “I love you” to his disciples or other people but I did not find many.…

Fr Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, In our Gospel for this Sunday Jesus said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.” It is a great reminder that apart from our Lord, we can never bear fruits. He is the source of our nourishment and we should always make sure that we are connected to him so that we can always bear fruits for God’s kingdom.…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, God is generous and He can never be outdone in generosity. May our Lord continue to be generous to our community. I was reflecting on all the communities and ministries that we as a parish community are helping and I was reminded again that our parish community is very generous. This generosity is very much reflected in our parish offertory…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Peace be with you. Every time we gather as a community to celebrate Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, there is a time when we greet each other with the sign of peace. Have you ever stopped to reflect on what that greeting means? When the priest or deacon says “Let us offer each other the sign of peace,” automatically we…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Today is Divine Mercy Sunday and I believe that the best way to celebrate it is to give thanks because it is God’s infinite mercy that allows us to exist. It is because of His mercy that we are given the grace to continue living our lives as a journey to holiness, it is God’s mercy that gave us our…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, The Lord is risen and Alleluia is our song!!! I believe it is good to remember that professing the resurrection of our Lord is more than just words to us, it is the very foundation of our belief in Jesus Christ. Had Jesus not risen from the dead, there would have been no Christian faith. Our Lord has risen therefore…