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Pastor: Reverend Mark S. Bozada

St. Mary of Perpetual Help

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Villa Ridge, MO.63089
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St. James
1107 Summit Dr. - Catawissa, MO 63015 
Rectory Phone (636) 271-6038,    
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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 26, 2010 - Holy Family Sunday

My Dear People,

Today is the feast of the Holy Family. Despite modern culture, Catholics still hold that all human formation must take place within the family unit as God has set forth for us. Unfortunately, unbelievers are rushing to "re-invent" the family. As a result of our disobedience, we find society loosing its foothold on sanity. Making test tube babies, freezing embryos, gay marriage, children born outside of the sacrament of Marriage have all become common place. We will continue to see mankind spiral into oblivion unless we come to repentance. How blest we are to have Jesus, Mary and Joseph as the models for the Catholic family. They suffered, struggled, and experienced sorrow and death just like we do. Their stamina and strength was given by God Himself. We need to look to God Our Heavenly Father for that same strength in these times. Place your families under the care and guidance of the Holy Family. Leave your sorrows and cares between Mary's Most Immaculate Heart and Jesus' Most Sacred Heart. At no other time in salvation history have we had the need to rest in the arms of St. Joseph. God gives us what we need to succeed. Trust that the Holy Family will intercede and pray for your family before God's Holy Throne.

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

May we continue our Christmas giving everyday of the year - giving generously out of love and gratitude for the gift Jesus in the Manger.

Eight Day Novena prayer to the Christ Child

O Holy Son of God, You became a man, in order to make yourself known by mankind. But where is the love that men give to you in return?

You have given your Precious Blood to save our souls. Why then is that man is so ungrateful for such a gift? And I, too, have returned such ingratitude.

I love you, O precious Infant in the Manger, O Word Incarnate, make me grateful for Your Infinite and Divine Mercy. Allow me to look upon You in the crib surrounded by such simple gifts of nature. Grant that I may always have the desire to be so pure and simple of heart. AMEN...

(1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to be prayed after each novena offering)

December 19, 2010 - 4th Sunday of Advent

My Dear People,

Emmanuel translates, "God with us". What a beautiful reminder that Our Father in Heaven never leaves us, even when we abandon Him. Jesus, present in all the tabernacles of the world, reigns in our midst. The Holy Spirit comes to live in our very soul. How blest are we to have the Trinity come to dwell with us. In the manger, the Virgin presents Her Child to us. As we draw close to the stable of Our Lord, may we have a great desire to embrace Him with great love. Such intense love, Our Lady has for Her Son Jesus. Mary teaches us how to cradle the Child Jesus in the manger of our hearts. Pray to be open to Emmanuel in our midst. Ask Our Blessed Mother to teach you how to welcome the Saviour in our presence.

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

As our celebration of Christmas draws nearer, may we be more deeply aware that every gift is from God, and He alone is the owner and ruler of all things.

December 12, 2010 - 3rd Sunday of Advent

My Dear People,

Gaudete Sunday reminds us that we are to "rejoice" because the Lord's coming is at hand. In a very short while, we will behold Our Saviour in the manger. Jesus comes to save us from our sins. As a child wrapped in swaddling clothes, Jesus reaches out to all of us. Who could reject a little infant, warm and inviting? This warm welcome from Our Saviour is extended to all mankind. This Christmas, take time to come before the Christ Child. Even better yet, pray the eight day novena to the Infant in the Manger as a preparation for Christmas. In this beautiful novena, ask Jesus to reign in your home and heart. What better way to begin the New Year, than to have the Child Jesus living in the stable of your heart. Like the Holy Shepherds, be pure and simple. Your Christmas can then be one to remember for years to come.

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

May we always welcome the Child Jesus into the manger of our heart and soul. Come Lord Jesus, Come!

December 5, 2010 - 2nd Sunday of Advent

My Dear People,

St. John the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets and the very first of the New Testament. His radical lifestyle in the Essene community afforded him the opportunity to "get ready" for the coming of the Messiah. There as great "hope" for the arrival of the Saviour. St. John's food was locust and honey. He wore camel's hair for clothing. The desert floor was his bed. Who could live this lifestyle and not be separated from the culture? John longed to hear and see the Messiah. He studied all of the Hebrew Scriptures to get a glimpse of the Saviour's profile. John was ready to welcome Him. Humility was the key that allowed the Baptist to recognize the Lord when He spoke. John's docility prepared his heart to receive the Lord. And so when Jesus arrived on the scene, John welcomed Him with great joy. Pray for that same joy to be in your heart this Advent. Open wide the doors of your heart to Christ. Come Lord Jesus, Come!

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

May we prepare for Christmas, planning ways that we can give time, talent, and treasure back to the Lord who has given us all that we have.






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