Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

fr-maro-smallDear Parishioners,

On Wednesday, we will begin the Holy Season of Lent as we put ashes on our foreheads. Putting ashes on our foreheads is admitting our sinfulness. When we come forward to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday (this coming Wednesday), we are saying that we are sorry for our sins, and that we want to use the Season of Lent to correct our faults, purify our hearts, control our desires and grow in holiness so we will be prepared to celebrate Easter with great joy.

As we begin the season of Lent, let us be reminded that we are lifeless without God – or we do not have life when we live in sin. Let us go through the Lenten Season mindful of our need of God’s forgiveness.

This is a note from our Chancellor Mary Jo Tully: “All Catholics 14 years and older must abstain from meat on Fridays of Lent, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. All Catholics between ages 18 and 59 are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. To fast means to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken for good health but together they should not equal a full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted; however, liquids including coffee, milk and fruit juices are allowed.”

Please be guided accordingly. May God bless our Lenten journey.
In Christ, Fr. Maro