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Pastor: Reverend Mark S. Bozoda

St. Mary of Perpetual Help

1587 Hwy AM 
Villa Ridge, MO.63089
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St. James
1107 Summit Dr. - Catawissa, MO 63015 
Rectory Phone (636) 271-6038,    
(636) 257-2235,   
(636) 257-8323 
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Parish Office (636) 451-4685

St. Mary's Mass/Confession Times
Confessions: 4:15 - 4:45pm 
2nd, 4th Saturdays of the Month.
Saturday Mass: 5:00pm -
2nd, 4th Saturdays of the Month.
Sunday Mass: 8:00am
Wednesday & Friday Mass: 8:00am

St. James Mass/Confession Times
Confessions: Saturday 4:15 - 4:45pm - 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays of the Month.
Saturday Mass: 5:00pm - 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays of the Month.
Sunday Mass: 10:00am
Tuesday & Thursday Mass: 8:00am

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Fr. Mark's Weekly Homilies

April 25th, 2010 - 4th Sunday of Easter
World Day of Prayer for Vocations

My Dear People,

Good Shepherd Sunday always falls during the middle of the Easter Season. St. John tells us that a Holy Shepherd cares deeply for the life of his sheep. He is willing to lay down his very life for them. When St. Peter was chosen to care for the Church upon the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven, Our Lord knew the very quality present in Peter that would protect and nourish His Church here on Earth. And so it has been with every successor to St. Peter. Pope Benedict follows in that apostolic tradition. Our Lord Jesus Christ has never left us abandoned. Until He returns, Jesus still guides us from His Heavenly throne. Every time the Holy Father speaks "ex cathedra" (from His Chair), he does so to protect and defend us. How important it is for us to pray for and support the Pope. Pray, pray, pray for holy priests and bishops to lead the flock into the way of Christ's peace.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark

We may find joy by prayerfully reflecting on God's plan for us and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

April 18th, 2010 - 3rd Sunday of Easter

My Dear People,

We have been blessed to have several parish missions over the past eight years. A preached mission is a great opportunity to intensify you relationship with Our Lord. This year our mission will begin with the preaching at all of the masses beginning at the 5pm mass at St. James Church, April 17th. Fr. Joseph Butz, CSSR will head up the team. Each night there is a special topic for discussion. The first topic will be presented on Sunday. April 18th at St. Mary's Church at 7pm. Presentations will continue through Wednesday night, each beginning at 7pm. Please plan on attending this great spiritual event. Bring family and friends.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark

For all those who are touched by our faithful stewardship, may they know the love of Jesus through the time, talent and treasure that we share.

April 11th, 2010 - Divine Mercy Sunday

My Dear People,

Given to the great St. Faustina during the 1930's, Our Lord asked for the Sunday after Easter to honor His Divine Mercy. And so, Pope John Paul ll has declared the second Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. With Holy Mass, Confession, praying for the Holy Father's intentions, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, one may receive a plenary indulgence removing all temporal punishment due to sin and death. This is our great gift from Our Risen Lord. What better gift could He give to us, the poor children of Eve. Please take advantage of this great grace of Divine Mercy. Beginning at 1pm at St. Mary Church April 11th, all will receive the opportunity to adore Our Lord exposed in the Blessed Sacrament, hear two presentations on Divine Mercy, go to Confession (two priest available), and celebrate Holy Mass. The cost; your time and prayers! Please plan on arriving at St. Mary's at 1pm. Not all parishes are providing the spiritual opportunity, so feel free and bring family, friends and neighbors. May God's great gift of Divine Mercy reign in you heats.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark

May we seek God's Divine Mercy in all our actions and decisions.

April 4th, 2010 - Easter Sunday

My Dear People,

St. Mary Magdelene was one of the first disciples to witness Our Risen Lord. As they were going to the tomb with the spices to prepare the body, they encountered the Angel guarding the tomb. The women saw that the burial place was empty. They were told that they should announce the Good News to St. Peter and the other Apostles. Peter runs to the place of the Resurrection. He peers inside to find it empty, just as the women had announced. We base our beliefs upon the witness of these apostles. We were not at the tomb to find it empty. We did not see His as did St. Thomas the Apostle. Our faith is truly "believing" without seeing. Even so, the Apostles idd not yet fully understand what the Resurrection was. This appreciation would not come until the birthday of the Church. Pentecost. We pray during the next eight days of Easter, the octave of Easter, that The Lord's glory might dwell upon us.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark

May we more fully follow the teachings of Jesus. Realizing that this man Jesus, truly was God and His way truly is God's way.





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