Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message (Page 9)

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, We have little less than a month before we conclude the Jubilee of Mercy; I know – time went so fast! As we are about to close the Jubilee of Mercy, I would like you to reflect on the times when – consciously or unconsciously – you have become instruments of God’s mercy to others by doing the corporal and…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, As I’ve said last Sunday, I will share with you some insight that I received from the convocation that the priests of the Archdiocese had last week. One of the things that the keynote speaker talked about was the spiritual leadership of the priests in the universal call to holiness. He talked to us about how we should be always…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I read a story some time ago about angels in heaven who work in receiving the prayers that people offer to God – so they receive the prayers and deliver them to God and God sends them back with his response. So in heaven, there is a receiving office for the prayers that people offer and in that office there are many divisions full of cubicles and…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, October is the month of the Holy Rosary and I believe that our parish community has a special connection to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. Before we became Our Lady of the Mountain Parish, we used to be known as “Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish.” It is interesting to read through the history of our…

Message from Joshua Keatley

Dear Parishioners of OLM, Can you believe that autumn is already here? Just a few months ago I was finishing my summer assignment in Ashland, and now the leaves are beginning to change colors here at Mt. Angel. The seminarians are back, enrollment is full, and I am well into another year of theological studies and formation. I’m working my way through…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, In our Gospel this Sunday, Jesus points out to us that we are all stewards of everything we have. If we believe that everything we have is from God, then we have to also believe that what we have is not really ours but God’s, and we are just stewards of things that really belong to God. Our duty then,…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Recently, I had the opportunity to go to Independence, OR to meet with my Caritas group. A Caritas group, as you may already know, is a group of priests who regularly meet (at least once a month) to pray together and share with each other their joys and struggles as they continue their ministry as priests. As you can imagine,…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, As we begin another school year, I would like to ask you to once again prayerfully discern how you can involve yourselves in our parish community’s many activities and ministries. It is always good to remember that the different activities and ministries that we have in our parish community are all meant to help us grow in our faith and…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, A few months ago I mentioned that we are in need of a new youth minister and I am glad to announce that we now have a new one! You will meet him at all Masses this weekend and I hope that we can all show our support for our youth as we give whatever help we can give to…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Happy Feast Day!!! As we celebrate our parish feast day, let us ask our Blessed Mother to pray for us as we continue to do our best to be good stewards of this beautiful parish community that God has blessed us with. We are celebrating our parish feast day today, but the feast of the Assumption (our parish feast day)…

Message from Joshua Keatley

Dear Parishioners of OLM, Before I head off to begin another year of seminary studies, I would like to offer one more article for this week’s bulletin. Since we are at the height of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, I would like to share my experience of the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. Although I knew a little about the Society—that…

Message from Joshua Keatley

Dear Parishioners of OLM, Since Fr. Maro has let me commandeer the keyboard again, I’d like to reflect on something central to my own journey of faith: Eucharistic Adoration. I’ll focus on three words: location, vocation, and communication. Location. You probably know that Our Lady of the Mountain has a Perpetual Adoration chapel, next to the west entrance of the Parish Hall.…

Message from Joshua Keatley

Dear Parishioners of OLM, Although you may have seen me around the parish the last couple of weeks, you may still be wondering who “the seminarian” is. I’d like to take a moment to formally introduce myself, and to express my thanks for being able to spend the summer here in Ashland. My name is Joshua Keatley, I’m twenty-five, and am currently…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Thou shalt not steal. Bishop Joseph Tyson, the retreat master during our clergy retreat two weeks ago, talked about the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and how the church organized and explained them in the Catechism of the Catholic Church under the Seventh Commandment which is “Thou shalt not steal.” He said that our failure to feed the hungry,…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Almost two months ago I joined the Y and I am so glad I did. I joined mainly to play volleyball. Playing the sport again after so many years is really fun. It is interesting how sometimes players will show up ready to play even if they have injuries – fingers taped because they are broken; neck and back pain…