Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners,

We are on the home stretch! After this coming week we will be celebrating the Holy Week. I am sure that I am not the only one saying, “It seems like we just celebrated Christmas!”

Time flies so fast and if we are not very conscious about it, we might miss out on very important moments of our journey to Easter.

During one of our Adult Faith Formation classes, I shared with my table group that I used to be a choir conductor when I was still in the Philippines. As a seminarian, aside from being in charge of a choir in my parish, I was assigned to take care of a university choir for a whole school year. I always told my choir members that singing doesn’t always come naturally to people and it is not as easy as it looks. So I reminded them to always make a conscious effort to sing right – “I know you can sing. But singing together is not always easy, so make a conscious effort to do it right.”

I share this with you too, because I know there are so many of us who are struggling with our focus on praying, especially during the Mass. I know all of us know how to pray, but we have to always make a conscious effort to focus and be present because it is not as easy as it looks. Sometimes we take things for granted during the celebration of the Mass. Because we are so familiar with what’s going on, it makes it easier for us to think of something else. To avoid that, we have to consciously decide to be present during the celebration of our liturgies.

As we are about to end the Lenten Season, let us exert an extra effort to focus on our Lenten observances – fast, pray, and give alms – let us consciously exert effort to participate in the liturgical celebrations especially during the Holy Week. May God continue to bless us all on our Lenten journey.

In Christ, Fr. Maro