Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

The year 2019 is now in full swing and there are a lot of activities lined up for our parish community in the coming months. Please take note of our schedules. The Parish Pastoral Council will have their annual scheduling meeting this coming week and our Adult Faith Formation Committee will be meeting soon for some scheduling as well, and I am so excited for the activities that we will have as a parish family that will hopefully help us journey to greater faith and knowledge of God.

I love hearing children during the Mass, I really do. The occasional children’s laughter, and “Uhohs” always make me smile inside. I think it is beautiful how parents are making the Mass a part of their children’s lives as they themselves get nourishment from the Eucharist – please continue to bring them with you for Mass.

There are times, however, when crying children can distract others from focusing on the readings, homily or Eucharistic prayer, especially those with hearing difficulties. Please make use of the children’s chapel at the back corner of our church when the need arises, so that all may participate fully in the liturgy.

Some of you might have noticed that we don’t say the words “God bless you” anymore for those who are seeking a “blessing” during Communion time. We say instead, “Christ be with you.” That change came from the Archbishop. The blessing that the priests give before the end of the Mass is a blessing for everyone and it does not have to be given multiple times during the celebration of the Mass, particularly during Communion.

During Communion, we desire to receive Christ and be with him; so for those who cannot receive the Eucharist, it is more apt to receive the words “Christ be with you” as a simple prayer from the priest, deacon, or extra ordinary minister of Holy Communion.

Lastly, I hope you can plan to attend the Mass on Wednesday morning and Saturday Vigil Mass to welcome the Archbishop as he visits our vicariate. May God continue to bless us all.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro