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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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St. James
1107 Summit Dr. - Catawissa, MO 63015 
Rectory Phone (636) 271-6038,    
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Parish Office (636) 451-4685
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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

February 27, 2011 - 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

"Therefore, do not worry about your life...your father in Heaven knows what you need even before you ask Him." How difficult this is to embrace and live. From the time that we are very young, we are raised to be self-sufficient. We labor from dawn to dusk to provide for our basic needs. This is a good thing. But underneath the labor and hard work, must be the realization that God is the deep rhythm that moves the pulse of our lives. Without His orchestration, we would cease to exist. So, it is humbling to know that, God is in the middle of everything in our lives. We may think that we are in control, but that is truly an illusion. We have free will, but He is in charge of our destiny. He is the perfect Father, who provides for all of our needs. What good and holy father would not provide for his family? So that allows us to first "seek the Kingdom of God" knowing He is providing for all of our needs. This Lenten season, ask Our Lord to give you a greater trust in His providential love, knowing He is always there to care for our needs.

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

May we always be ready to trust in the providential care of Our Father in Heaven, who knows what we need even before we ask for it.

February 20, 2011 - 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Get revenge and "show no mercy" is the signature of our culture. Terrorism defines our age. Matthew's gospel tells us no one can serve two Masters; either he will love one and hate the other; or serve one and not the other. Who is the master of your heart? Does Jesus the Divine Mercy reign over your soul, or does the evil one of unforgiveness and hate? Both cannot co-exist. Either you will live God's Divine Mercy or the devil's unforgiveness. When we allow hate and unforgiveness to fester in our hearts, it drains it of our Lord's Mercy. St. Faustina reminds us that we always have access to the ocean of Jesus' Divine Mercy. Only sin and hate suffocate this great grace. Frequent confession causes us to leave our offertory gift at the altar, until we are reconciled with God and neighbor. We may not be able to fix all relationships making them new again, but we can pray and implore God's Mercy upon them. This is why we must frequent the confessional. It is here that Jesus makes all things new again. Please remember, if you go weekly to Holy Communion you should frequently to to confession. Otherwise, you will waste the Divine graces given at Communion and end up bringing condemnation upon your soul. Pray now to be reconcile with all through Christ.

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

May we always be ready to meet Jesus in the confessional, so we may benefit from all the graces of Holy Communion.

February 13, 2011 - 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Now is a good time to think about how to draw closer to Jesus this Lenten season. Fast and abstinence is great way to cleanse the senses of the things in this world. Material goods keeps us from being attentive to immaterial goods; things of the next world. After all, "eternity" is forever. The average person spends 3-4 hours each day, texting, accessing the internet, using the cell phone, watching television, and listening to the radio. That involves 28 hours a week, 122 hours a month, and 1,456 hours a year. That comes to almost 61 continuous days of non-stop media or 16% of each year of mindless media. What if a person decided to spend one-tenth of that time in communion with the Lord? Do you think you might possibly grow in faith? I believe you would. Prayer and merciful acts continue on into eternity, mindless media will not. I challenge you to prayerfully consider cutting back on "mindless media" and instead enter into "communion with the Lord". Why not "fast" from the media, and pray instead? If you looking for things to give up, why not start with something practical and beneficial, turn off the TV this Lent and "be still with the Lord". You will be glad that you did.

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

May we always be ready to fast and abstain from useless things of this world, so that we may come to love Jesus Christ better in the next world.

February 6, 2011 - 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Many Christians are confused about the difference between religion and faith. The term religion is a reference to the organized aspect of the denomination. One might belong to a congregation, and fulfill all of their requirements, but Jesus could be totally absent from the picture. This is why Our Lord was so frustrated with the Pharisees. They were very religious. They knew Jewish Law, but God was absent from the picture. So it is possible to be Catholic in name and practice, but not to know who Jesus is. That is where "faith" enters in. You have faith in a person, not a religion. It is possible to be a Catholic your whole life, and not grow in your faith in Jesus Christ. It is why in Matthew's Gospel, Jesus calls us to be the salt of the Earth, a light to the world. We must be ready to share the person of Jesus Christ with one another. He is our Light... That is the recipe for growth in our faith!

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

May we always be ready to share our Faith fearlessly, so that others may come to know Jesus Christ.







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