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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 
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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

December 27, 2009 - Feast of the Holy Family Sunday

My Dear People,

The feast of the Holy Family is a stark reminder of the present demonic attack on the family life of the Church. Christians everywhere are feeling the constant assault on the traditional, dad, mom, and children biblical model. The so called political "tolerance" of our atheistic pagan culture tells us that pre-marital, extra marital
. homosexual, and similar unions are to be respected and accepted. Like the dysfunctional relations we find in hell, these models are be hailed as "alternative" way of living; protected by civil law. This doesn't even include the assault on the womb through the murdering of the Holy Innocents by cloning and abortion. Jesus came to set us free. There has never been a greater time in human history, when this "freedom" from sin and death, has been so essential. As we look to the Holy Family for divine intervention, pray prayers of protection over all of your family members. Ask Mary and Joseph to help your family to be sanctified and purified through their holy intercession. Pray, Pray, Pray!

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

May we be grateful for all the blessings that have come into our lives during the past year; recognizing that God has surely given us more than enough to share.

December 20, 2009 - 4th Sunday of Advent

My Dear People,

Today's Gospel focuses on the feast of the Visitation; the second Joyful Mystery of the Most Holy Rosary. Here we find Mary eager to encounter Our Lord's promise fulfilled within the womb of her cousin Elizabeth. Upon entering the room with Elizabeth, the very sound of Mary's voice stirred St. John the Baptist within her womb. Elizabeth cries out, "Blessed are you, Mary, among women; and blessed is the fruit of your womb, JESUS!" This confirmation of intrauterine human life, puts our culture at odds with the Gospel, if not targets us for condemnation. Pagan legislators and elected officials, beginning in the Capitol, voted in position by their constituency, continue to attack life within the womb through pagan legislation. Even the so called Health Care Reform, continues to target innocent human life within the womb. We must vote out all who fail to head the words of the Gospel; the WORDS of everlasting life. It is our moral duty and obligation, to replace all PRO DEATH elected officials with those who will protect both the Constitution of the United States, and the Holy Innocents within the WOMB. How many more Holy Innocents must be martyred before we WAKE UP..? If a chastisement is imminent for our world, who could not see the cause. Please continue to pray and sacrifice for the end of all abortion and cloning in our nation.

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

May we strive daily to pray for an end to all abortion and cloning in our nation.

December 13, 2009 - 3rd Sunday of Advent

My Dear People,

The Third Sunday of Advent is "Guadete Sunday". Guadete, in Latin, means to rejoice. To be in joy again, presumes victory over suffering and spiritual death. Unless you have been given an acute awareness of your own need to be purified through suffering, and sanctified through rising to New Life in Christ, you probably have never truly rejoiced. Being born again in Christ, requires complete surrender to the Divine Will of Our Lord. Like Jesus, we are called to die to sin and death, so we may be lifted up by Him. Wealth and power give the "illusion" of safety and security. Remove the wealth and security, and what remains? There we find the focal point of the Christian Life. As fragile as our health and wealth are, both can be taken in the flash of an eye. A complete financial collapse of our nation's economy, could strip us of everything OVERNIGHT. Then, where would we find our peace and security? For those born again in Christ's Death and Resurrection, it is found only in Our Lord Jesus Christ. Our peace cannot come from our pocketbooks. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Trust only in Him. In doing so, we will then find true Joy.

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

May we take time to be grateful to Almighty God, who is the ultimate giver of all good things.

December 6, 2009 - 2nd Sunday of Advent

My Dear People,

"A voice cries out in the wilderness; Prepare the way of the Lord!" This is the call of Isaiah in the Old Testament readings this Sunday. The work of the future Messiah, would be apocalyptic; valleys filled, roads made straight, and all flesh able to SEE God. What was last by Adam and Eve in the Garden, would be restored someday by the coming Messiah. When Jesus came upon the scene 2000 years ago, many expected a great military leader. They sought a political negotiator. Disappointed were they, when in a manger, He was born. How could this poor family of no nobility, produce the Saviour of mankind? But so it was ordained by the Father. So many missed Jesus in the manger. They were blinded by sin and pride. We still miss the signs of the times today. Many live in complete darkness, ignorant of Jesus' Eucharistic Presence among us. Where is the nobility in Consecrated Bread of Life? And so the confusion continues for many, even among many Catholics laity and priests. Don't miss Jesus this Advent. He longs to be close to you and I. Visit Him often in the Blessed Sacrament. Allow Him to fill you with PEACE!

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

May we resist the lure of holiday advertising and instead concentrate on the message of simplicity and trust that is found in the Christmas manger scene.




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