Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Pastor’s Weekly Message (Page 9)

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I would like to use this space for an announcement and an invitation from our Parish Pastoral Council: “We are so blessed to have an Adoration Chapel at Our Lady of the Mountain and sadly it is underutilized. There are many hours most days when the Lord is there alone waiting for an Adorer to come and receive his love.…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, The time has come again for the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal and I invite all of you to once again give your generous support and participation. We have consistently met our goal in the past and I hope that we can do it again this year. The focus of this year’s appeal is the passing on of our faith to future…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Tomorrow (January 23) is a day of prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. The original date for this day is actually on the 22nd (the anniversary of the day the Supreme Court decided to vote in favor of Roe in that historic Roe v. Wade case), but it is moved to the 23rd because the 22nd this year…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, After the celebration of the Christmas Season, and after packing up the decorations we had in our church, we tend to say that it’s “back to normal” and to a certain degree, yes – it is back to normal. But I think it is actually when the real work starts, especially when it comes to the practice of our faith. We have to carry with us the…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, This coming week is National Migration Week. I would like to share this with you from the USCCB: “For nearly half a century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Merry Christmas! Jesus has come to make the big difference in our lives and in our world. Without him we would all be lost, with him we can all be victorious! Joy to the world!!! Let us welcome Jesus into our hearts and let us allow ourselves to become his living presence here on earth so that even when all…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, One more week and we will be celebrating the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I hope you are all preparing not only externally, but internally as well. The story in our Gospel today is about the birth of our Lord as the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah. According to the prophecy, the child shall be named…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Repent, time really flies fast! We are already halfway through the Advent Season and we mark it with a day of Joy. As we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, this third Sunday of Advent, we are filled with joy for truly, the Lord is coming and we wait with joyful anticipation. But I would like us to be reminded that our preparation…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Brothers and sisters, John the Baptist makes this call that is always valid and relevant as he prepares for the appearance of Jesus, the Messiah, and as we prepare for Christmas and the coming of the Lord at the end of time. Let us be reminded that repentance is not a…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, As we begin this Season of Advent, let us be reminded of what it really means for us as followers of Jesus Christ. We are anticipating not only the birthday of Jesus but also his second and final coming. The Season of Advent is a time of preparation. We tend to forget that the Advent Season is also about the…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who attended our parish retreat this last week. It was truly a blessed time of reflection that I believe will help us as we continue on our life’s pilgrim journey to heaven. For those who were not able to attend, I would like to share with you some insights from…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Last November 4-5, I had the opportunity to attend the Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly along with two representatives from our Pastoral Council. This assembly is held every three years and it was started by the then Archbishop Vlazny in the year 2000. The assembly is attended by all the pastors of the parishes in the Archdiocese of Portland with two representatives…

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, Two days from today, on Tuesday, we will have what some people refer to as one of the most important Election Days in modern history. I don’t really know how different it will be, but I believe that every Election Day is an important Election Day. It is when people exercise their right and fulfill their responsibility to help in…

Fr Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners, During my break with some of my high school classmates as well as with some of my brother priests, I’ve had the opportunities to just relax and even spend some time watching TV. It is interesting because I found myself focusing not too much on the show we were watching but on the commercials that different corporations have for the…

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…