Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

We are done with the Christmas season and now we are on the Ordinary Time of our Liturgical Calendar. I invite you to persevere on the celebration of the Sacraments and on receiving grace from God particularly through the celebration of the Holy Mass.

The following are quotations from St. Leonard’s The Hidden Treasure – Holy Mass: “At the hour of death the Holy Masses you have heard devoutly will be your greatest consolation. God forgives you all the venial sins which you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all your unknown sins which you never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and will plead for pardon for you. By every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less, according to your fervor. By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass you render the greatest homage possible to the Sacred Humanity of our Lord. Through the Holy Sacrifice, our Lord Jesus Christ supplies for many of your negligence and omissions. By piously hearing Holy Mass you afford the souls in purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Holy Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.

Through the Holy Mass you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you. You shorten your purgatory by every Mass.

During the Holy Mass you kneel amid a multitude of holy angels, who are present at the Sacrifice with reverential awe. Through Holy Mass you are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs. When you hear Holy Mass devoutly, offering it to Almighty God in honor of any particular saint or angel, thanking God for the favors bestowed on him, etc., etc., you afford that saint or angel a new degree of honor, joy and happiness, and draw his/her special love and protection on yourself.”

Brothers and sisters, these and many other effects are fruits for us whenever we celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and all are grace from God. Let us with renewed enthusiasm worship our Lord in the Holy Mass. God is granting us countless opportunities for grace; let us not take them for granted. See you at Mass!

In Christ,
Fr. Maro