Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

We are now on the third Sunday of Lent and I hope that we are still going Strong in our Lenten sacrifices on our way to the glorious celebration of Easter. If we find ourselves faltering in our Lenten practices, let us be encouraged by the gardener’s patience with the fig tree in our Gospel today. Our Lord’s patience and mercy is infinite and he will always provide us with what we need to grow in our faith and bear fruits in the lives we are living. Let us continue to open our hearts to the Lord and allow his grace to give us strength to turn away from our sinful ways and be closer to him.

Speaking of being closer to Him, I would like to encourage you all to come closer to the Altar during the celebration of the Eucharist. I know most of you have your favorite spot inside the church and because most of us tend to be persons of habits, we always want to be on the same pew Sunday after Sunday but I think taking the pews closest to the Altar will help make your experience of the Eucharist better as it can help you focus more and avoid distractions. As part of your Lenten journey, moving closer to the Altar during the Mass is something that you can do and I think that it will help make the experience better for you. For those who are dealing with challenges on hearing and understanding what I am saying – I still have my Filipino accent – I encourage you to please use the wonderful assisted hearing system that was gifted to us by generous parishioners. We have five units of those personal sound amplifiers that are available and they are very easy to use. It’s on a first come first served basis and you can pick one up from the table in front of the confession room by the main doors of our church building. Let us continue to do what we can to help ourselves experience Jesus more in the Eucharist and truly be closer to Him.

May God continue to bless us all.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro