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Pastor: Reverend Mark S. Bozada

St. Mary of Perpetual Help

1587 Hwy AM 
Villa Ridge, MO.63089
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Email: office1@stmarys-moselle.com

St. James
1107 Summit Dr. - Catawissa, MO 63015 
Rectory Phone (636) 271-6038,    
FAX
(636) 742-4820,   
Hall
(636) 257-8323 
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Parish Office (636) 451-4685
Mon-Thurs (9am - 2pm)
Closed Fridays


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 24, 2011 - Easter Sunday

My Dear People,

He is RISEN...Alleluia! This is the cry of the Church for eight straight days. The "octave" of Easter celebrates Our Lord's coming forth ALIVE from the tomb from the Holy Sepulcher. In Jerusalem, near the burial place of Jesus, Holy Christians beg for the fire of the Holy Spirit to come and ignite the Easter Fire. Once lit, the NEW FIRE is blest and is used to light the Paschal Candle blessed so reverently on Holy Saturday. How great a celebration this is for the whole universal Church! We pray that the same NEW FIRE ignites our own hearts and souls in preparation for our own holy deaths. It is this light of Christ that will eventually lead us to the throne of Our Heavenly Father. We long to see Him face to face; to adore and worship Him for all eternity. The New Adam, Jesus Christ, gives us our resurrected bodies, the means by which to enter into Paradise. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. AMEN!

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

May we always be eager to praise and glorify the Father in all of our acts and deeds. We long to see You face to face!

April 17, 2011 - Palm Sunday

My Dear People,

The Passion of Jesus Christ is a daily reminder of how deeply Our Lord loves each of us. Pouring out His Precious Blood to cover our sinfulness and spiritual nakedness. Jesus saves us from eternal death. How can we ever repay Him for this great gift? A life of love and mercy is a beginning thank you to Our Lord. What may seem like an eternity of time, as we listen to the passion of Christ, it is but a moment in time. These touchstones can keep us from our selfishness and ungratefulness. If you have never watched the movie by Mel Gibson, "The Passion of Christ", you need to do so. Someone once told me that they would never watch it because it was too graphic. I have seen it and it is but a small glimpse of the great suffering that Jesus endured for us. The movie pales in comparison to the "real" event. If the movie is too graphic, what might the reality be? A CONVERSION OF OUR LIFE! Rent the movie. Watch it during Holy Week. Meditate on His Holy Wounds. There is no faster way to rid yourself of the devil, than to walk with Jesus on the Way to Calvary....

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

May we always be eager to praise and glorify the Father in all of our acts and deeds.

April 10, 2011 - 5th Sunday of Lent

My Dear People,

One might think that if someone could raise the dead, that their credibility might be somewhat solid. This was not the case with Jesus. Lazarus had been dead for four days. He was in the tomb. Lazarus was buried and the period of his mourning was at hand. Martha and Mary, his sisters, were grieving, each in their own way. Martha goes out to give Jesus a piece of her mind. "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would never had died." Instead of dealing with her concern, Jesus poses another. "Do you believe that your brother will rise from the dead?" He asks, "Yes, in the Resurrection on the last day" Martha answers. She goes on to repeat the confession of St. Peter. "I believe that you are the Christ." Having received her confession of faith, Jesus approaches the tomb and calls Lazarus out. Still bound in burial clothes, the dead man raised up, hobbles forth. To the great amazement of the crowds, Lazarus is returned to his sisters. "Untie him and set him free." From that point on, many Jews came to believe in Jesus. This Lent, allow Jesus to set you free. This is best accomplished in the confessional. Remember your Easter duty this year... a minimum of one confession each Lent unless you are in a state of mortal sin. Come let Jesus heal you.

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

May we always turn to the confessional for a great healing of our souls.

 

April 3, 2011 - 4th Sunday of Lent

My Dear People,

The blind man healed by Our Lord was afflicted from birth. Jesus told him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam after He smeared his eyes with clay. The man did so, and came back able to see. Jesus performed this act so that the Father might be glorified through Him. our Lord then tells the man, "Give God the praise!" What a beautiful admonition for all of us. We too must give the Father, "praise". After four weeks of Lent, and looking forward to Easter, we need to glorify the Father in all things. It is so easy to get caught up in the trials and challenges of life. So burdened can we become, that we can lose sight of the bigger picture. God the Father has loved us into existence. He sustains our every breathe. He continues to draw us to Himself. What other concerns must we have? God loves us. When you feel drown into the problems of life, reach out to the Father. Give to Him all of your cares, and know that He is always there. Praise the magnify His Holy Name. Amen.

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

May we always be eager to praise and glorify the Father in all of our acts and deeds.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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