Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

In the coming Sundays, some of the youngest members of our parish community are receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. How exciting it must be for them! I love how in the midst of all the changes we have to adjust to because of the pandemic, the life of the Church continues. The Holy Spirit will always lead us to make things work effectively showing us that God’s grace will always flow freely from Him and nothing will ever stop it from reaching His people.

Especially during this time of challenges, let us, through the life we live, set up an example for our young ones to follow – keep the Eucharist the source and summit of our Christian life. Let us never waver in our faith practices as we form the faith and spirituality of our young. Let us keep in mind that they learn most effectively by imitating what they see from their elders.

As the youngest members of our community receive the Eucharist for the first time, let us be inspired by the purity of their hearts and the innocence of their minds. Let it bring to us good memories of when we first received our first communion – as children like them or as adults through the RCIA – let us allow those memories to refresh in our hearts and minds our desire to be with Jesus.

Brothers and sisters, we are attending Mass not just to fulfill an obligation but more to have an encounter with God – to receive Him and the grace He freely gives. Let us do our best to make our children understand this so that they too may desire to have the heart of Jesus live in their hearts.

As we witness our young ones receive Jesus for the first time, let us pray this prayer that I always say – it is a prayer I learned from the religious missionary community I used to belong to: “May the dark- ness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word and the Spirit of Grace, and may the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.”

In Christ,
Fr. Maro