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Pastor: Reverend Mark S. Bozada

St. Mary of Perpetual Help

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Confessions: 4:15 - 4:45pm 
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Saturday Mass: 5:00pm -
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Sunday Mass: 8:00am
Wednesday & Friday Mass: 8:00am

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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

August 29, 2010 - 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

True humility can only begin when our eyes are fixed upon Our Lord Jesus Christ. Gazing at many statues of Our Lady, we find her eyes downcast. Always in the presence of the Most Holy Trinity, Mary understood Her place within that Divine Glory. To behold the Beatific Vision constantly, we also would have our own eyes in a similar position. So when Jesus speaks to the Apostles concerning the grace of true humility, He uses the feast parable and assuming places of honor. In the end, Jesus models this behavior for His Apostles, by becoming the "servant" of all; the "footwasher". "Go to the lowest place at the table...." Jesus tells them. Later on, you will be brought up higher. Seek out the poor, crippled, and lame; all those who can never repay you. Let your light shine before them. Love them as you would love Me. Then, your heavenly Father will see your good deeds, and reward you accordingly. Be pure. Be simple. Be humble in the Lord. 

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

Through our generous giving, may we allow those who are needy to share in the banquet of blessings that God has bestowed on us.

August 22, 2010 - 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

When you ask what does a "queen" do, one would typically answer, "she reigns with the king?" August 22nd is usually the feast day of the "Queenship" of Our Lady. If earthly queens reign with their kings, what might a Heavenly Queen do? Mary's Most Immaculate Heart beats in unison with Jesus' Most Sacred Heart. She never misses a beat. Most every saint could tell you that the fastest route to the Heart of Jesus is through His Mother's Heart. If you ever have struggles with your faith, or have a difficult time praying; ask Mary to lead you to Jesus. You will begin a roller coaster ride of grace, mercy and peace beyond description. Ask Mary to be your Heavenly Mother and Queen. you will never be disappointed, nor at a loss for prayers of thanksgiving and praise. 

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

May we always stay close to the Heart of Mary, so that we know the Heartbeat of Her Son, Jesus Christ.

August 15, 2010 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

My Dear People,

The Assumption of Our Lady is a stark reminder of what our life was meant to be before the fall of Adam and Eve. our first parents enjoyed a complete and perfect union with their Creator. It was "sin-free". There were no barriers between God and them. Then entered sin. The devil knew what he was doing when he temped Eve. Her desperate need to know, led her down the wrong path. Once there, she included Adam. And so the account goes in the Bible. Now the New Eve, Mary, and the New Adam, Jesus, repair the breach between the Lord and us. Mary was sin-free from her conception until her Assumption into Heaven. Her perfect YES (Fiat) opens the door to our restoration with the Father. This "Fiat" opens the gateway for the birth of Our Saviour, God the Father knew what He was doing when He kept Mary free from all sin and corruption. Our Lady remained in complete union with the Holy Trinity. She was conceived and died in the total peace. And so we celebrate this feast of Mary being brought body and soul into eternity. It is a reminder of where we were suppose to be. She prepares the way of the Lord for us. Stay close to Mary and She will always lead you to Her Son. 

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

Like our Blessed Mother, may we say "YES" to what God calls us to do. Always remembering that God is doing great things for us.

August 8, 2010 - 19th Sunday of Ordinary Times

My Dear People,

Paying attention to the signs of the times has never been more important than right now. We are watching history unfold before our very eyes. As Catholics, our vision needs to include Sacred Scripture, and the Holy Tradition intimately connected to the Bible. Without this corrected to the Bible. Without this corrected vision, we might miss the importance of world and history unfolding rapidly in His own day. In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us another parable about "readiness". The welcome the Master's return. A good steward is always exercising the gifts of the holy Spirit within the framework of his/her vocation. God's expects payment from the gifts given and Baptism and Confirmation. And so, as we draw closer each day to Our Lord's Second Coming, wise stewards will be sober and awake. We cannot get drunk in the obsessions and cares of this world. We must be alert and ready to welcome Jesus, whether on our deathbed, or otherwise. Stay vigilant. Pray, Pray, Pray. 

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

May we be always be awake and ready to welcome the Lord when He returns.

August 1, 2010 - 18th Sunday of Ordinary Times

My Dear People,

There is a television program that deals primarily with people who "hoard". They can never get enough of anything, and so they buy and buy and buy, things that are not needed. It is a real sickness. Why are some people so compulsive when it come to material goods? Jesus asks this question in the Gospel this Sunday. Jesus says, "The things you have stored, to whom will they belong after you die?" There are no U-HAUL trucks in Heaven. A casket can only hold our mortal remains. So why are we so obsessed with having "more" things? Perhaps the answer can be found in the quality of our relationship with Christ. When Jesus called His Apostles and disciples, He required that they leave all "things" behind in order to follow Him. "The birds of the air have nests and the foxes have dens, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." The cure for "hoarding" and obsession for goods lies our need to get reconnected to Jesus Christ. Prayer and fasting is the quickest way that leads to Him. Become rich in the sight of God, and know His great love for you.

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

May we learn to see the difference between the simple things we need and the many things we want.




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