Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday, 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 would like to encourage you to pray for them as you continue to persevere in making the Eucharist a part of your lives. Let us all be reminded that we have a common mission to form our young, whether directly or indirectly. Let us, through the life we live, set up an example for our young ones to follow.

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 darkness 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