Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear 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 attacks – physical or spiritual. Through the intercession of St. Joseph, may you continue to be true to your vocation as husbands. May you be given the strength to persevere in your ministry as fathers leading your household not only to be good citizens of the nation but also to be good children of God, members of the one Body of Christ. May you always be faithful to your wife and with her, truly journey to holiness.

It is interesting to know that this celebration of Father’s Day in the United States was not really celebrated outside of Catholic traditions. It was only in the early 20th century that it became a civic celebration. The Catholic celebration of Father’s Day started in honoring St. Joseph and rightly so for what he did in raising Jesus Christ as his own son. We always know that Mary said her yes to God when the Angel Gabriel told her that she would conceive, but let us not forget that Joseph also said yes to God. He said yes to be Mary’s husband and earthly father to Jesus and together they became the Holy Family.

Thank you our dear fathers for your own yes. You said yes to be a loving and faithful husband to your wife. You said yes to be a loving and protective father to your children. We are grateful. May your family too be a holy family. I can only imagine the challenges that you face every single day as fathers to your household. May you always have the strength of the Holy Spirit to lead you and may our heavenly Father be always the source of your wisdom. God bless you always.

In Christ, Fr. Maro