Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners,

fr-maro-smallWe are already in the Holy Season of Lent. It is a penitential season so let us all be mindful of the faith practices that we are expected to do. There are times when we might feel like these practices are optional, no it is not. All Catholics from age 14 are expected to abstain from meat on Fridays and all Catholics ages 18 to 59 are expected to fast on Good Friday. Last Wednesday was also a day of fasting, I hope you all remembered to fast. There are so many other things that you can do to help you to enter more easily into the spirit of the season of Lent. ALMSGIVING, PRAYER, and FASTING are the traditional acts of piety that we are all urged to perform, especially during the season of Lent. Plan on how you can do them in the coming weeks of Lent.

Let us keep in mind that these practices are meant to draw us to a closer union with God as we ask for His mercy and forgiveness for the sins we have committed. So let us truly make a commitment to be faithful to the plans that we have made for our Lenten journey. If you do not have a plan (on how you can perform those acts of piety) for your Lenten journey yet, I suggest that you come up with one soon because without a considerable effort on our part, no transformation will happen and Lent will just be another word in our Catholic vocabulary that is slowly losing its deep meaning in our lives.

Let us together pray for each other as we go on our Lenten journey. May God bless us all.
In Christ, Fr. Maro