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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


August 28, 2011 - 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Redemptive suffering is not an easy topic of discussion. We spend a good deal of our time avoiding pain. Television commercials abound with drug commercials promising less pain. So why did Jesus rebuke St. Peter when he told Jesus that He need not suffer? "You are an obstacle to me. You are not thinking like God but as man." Then Jesus proceeds to tell them that they must each take up their crosses daily and follow Him. So why all the emphasis on suffering? Life is a struggle from birth to the grave. It is laced with one trial after another. Since we must suffer anyway, why not for the sake of our eternal salvation? That is why Jesus says we must daily embrace our crosses. SO, how does this happen? When we take our trials big and small, and place them at the foot of the Holy Cross, Jesus elevates them to His Sacred Heart. This perfects our sufferings through His ultimate sacrifice upon the Cross. Then, these graces are returned to us so that we might benefit from them. They are also stored for us in Heaven. It is like a double coupon day; we gain graces on earth, and in Heaven. What have we got to lose? We have everything to gain through Christ Jesus Our Lord.

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

May we always be willing to take up our cross each day and unite it to the cross of Christ Jesus.

August 21, 2011 - 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." This is St. Peter as he is confessing his belief in Our Lord. when St. Peter speaks for himself, he speaks for the whole Church. We are included. Jesus then confers His authority to Peter when He declares him the "rock". From this beginning foundation Christ hands on the "keys" to the Kingdom to the "rock". those who have keys, have authority and control. Until the return of Jesus Christ, St. Peter and his successors have the responsibility of protecting and defending the Church. Now Pope Benedict carries the torch until his death. Then his successor continues on until the Second Coming of Christ. So, we the Church, long for the completion of God's mission and plan. We hope to complete our part in the mission. We Long to see Our Lord face to face. Come Lord Jesus, COME!

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

May we always long for the return of Jesus Christ, Our Lord & Savior.

August 14, 2011 - 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

The Assumption of Our Lady, body and soul into Heaven at the moment of her death, is a testimony on God the Father's behalf concerning Jesus' Mother. The Council of Ephesus (5th Century) calls her the "Theotokos" or "God Bearer". From the moment of Mary's conception in St. Anne's womb until the time Mary drew her last breath, She remained sinless. St. Maximillion Kolbe describes Our Blessed Mother's presence never leaving the boundaries of the perfect love of the Most Holy Trinity. How perfect was her existence here on Earth. How "queenly" Her presence in all of eternity. What great love the Father bestowed on Mary Our Mother in Heaven. How blest are we to be called her children. We, poor banished children of Eve, have access to the maternal Mercy of the New Eve always. Ask for Mary's help daily. Pray your rosary daily. Cover all of the people in your own family with her Holy Mantle. Stay close to the Queen of Heaven, now and at the hour of your death.

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

May we always long for the maternal protection of Our Heavenly Queen, Mary the "Theotokos".

August 7, 2011 - 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Beginning with the season of Advent, the Catholic Church will amend its liturgical prayers in the Holy Mass. Although they are few and far between, it will take some getting used to as we adopt the norms. During the month of August, we will systematically review the nature of the Holy Liturgy, and discuss the changes that the US Catholic Bishops have made in the Mass. Sometimes as cradle Catholics, we can take for granted all of the treasures that Holy Mother Church has handed on to us during the past twenty-one centuries. We are the beneficiaries of these timeless treasures that give of access to the sacred mysteries of Our Lord. Join with me in prayerful reflection during the next few weeks understanding of how we come together to Worship the Lord!

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

May we always be good stewards of the sacred mysteries handed on to us to access our Heavenly treasures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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