Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

We are now entering the week we call Holy. I would like us to be reminded that it is called holy not because of things we will do, but because of the things that were done for us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us go through our prayers and sacrifices with gratefulness in our hearts and mindful of God’s great love and mercy for us all.

Out of God’s great love and mercy for all of us, he sacrificed himself through Jesus Christ so that we may be free from sin and death. In gratefulness and faithfulness to God, let us turn back to him and be united with him in our thoughts, words, and actions – let our lives truly be a manifestation of God’s greatness as we allow ourselves to be his instruments here on earth.

This Holy Week will be different from all the Holy Week experiences we’ve had. The opportunity to receive Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist will not be available to most of you but please know that I will have all of you in my mind and heart as I celebrate the liturgies of this coming week, particularly the Easter Triduum. Make an act of spiritual communion and know that it will be effective in receiving God’s grace and blessings.

May the Lord bless you and your homes as you are made more aware of how your family is truly a domestic church and your home a true church building. I will look forward to that time when we will all be together in our parish church celebrating Jesus Christ in the most Holy Eucharist. May God continue to bless us all.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro