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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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Parish Office (636) 451-4685

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

January 31, 2010 - 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Do miracles still happen today? Were miracles in the past just events that took place in the Sacred Scriptures? What constitutes a real miracle? Yes, miracles still do occur today. This is most evident in the life of the Church when "saint" are canonized. Certified miracles are necessary in the process of verifying our accepted list of men and women saints. In today's Gospel, Jesus our Divine Physician, was teaching in the synagogue. Jesus, the Divine Messiah, desired to work miracles among His people. He always healed after He instructed His Disciples. But because the Israelites hearts were hardened and closed, He could work no miracles for them. The greatest impediment to miracles and healings, is ourselves. WE are the main obstacle to God healing us, to God working miracles among us. Our minds cannot be closed. Our hearts need to be softened and opened. Otherwise, like in Jesus' day, NO miracles can take place. Just as Jesus left their presence and went on to another place, so too will Jesus move forth from us to work miracles in other places. Expect miracles... Pray for discernment, and watch the power of God move among us TODAY!

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

May we put our love for God and for one another into action through our stewardship gifts of time, talent and treasure.

January 24, 2010 - 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Preaching to the choir is often a difficult task. Jesus understood human nature completely. While in the synagogue one day, he opened the scriptures and began to teach and preach. This was not an uncommon task for Jewish men of his background. What was unusual, was the manner in which He concluded His teaching that day. Jesus declares, "Today Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." He began with a passage from the prophet Isaiah. The reference in the passage was about the Messiah. The nature of His Messianic Mission was complex. The "anointed One" would appear on the scene and announce His presence. The Messiah would also be known for his teaching, preaching, and miraculous healings. And so it was, from that point forward, in obedience to the Will of His Heavenly Father, Jesus completed these tasks. Until the Second Coming, Jesus continues to teach, preach and heal through the seven sacraments. Our most intense healing comes through our frequent Confession and reception of the Holy Eucharist while in a state of grace. Have you had your healing today? When is the last time you were healed by Jesus in the Sacrament of Confession. There is no better way to pray, than through these two powerful sacraments. Come meet Jesus in the Confessional. Prepare well to receive the Eucharist. Pray, Pray, and Pray.

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

May we always pray for good and holy marriages.

January 17, 2010 - 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Very few times in the Gospels do we have recorded the words of Our Blessed Mother. In St. John's Gospel, we have an exception. Mary and Jesus were at a friends wedding. The groom ran out of wine. What a terrible embarrassment for the newlyweds. Compassionate and caring, Mary ask Jesus to take care of the matter. While instructing the stewards, She tells them, "Do whatever Jesus tells you to do." It is a command that has echoed throughout every extra-ordinary apparition of the Blessed Mother, from the first century until now. Mary simply comes to remind us that we are to "DO" what Jesus asks of us. Recently, Cardinal Schonborn, responsible for the writing of our Catechism, visited Medjugorje. This is the sight of alleged apparitions of Our Lady since June of 1981. This high ranking Vatican official said that he looked forward to returning, and encouraged others to go and pray there. The basic message of Medjugorje is "MIR", which means "PEACE" in Croation. Our Lady has been giving the very same message of today's Gospel...." Listen and do what Jesus asks of You!" Are you hearing the call of Our Blessed Mother? Are you listening to her Son daily in prayer? Are you following Jesus' commands? Are you faithful to Jesus in all things? We must "DO" whatever Jesus asks of us, in order to inherit eternal LIFE. Are you investing in your eternity with Jesus? Pray, Pray, and Pray.

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

May we always pray for good and holy marriages.

January 10, 2010 - Baptism of the Lord

My Dear People,

Did Jesus need to get baptized? The answer would Jesus Christ chose to be baptized in obedience to His Father's Divine Will. Luke tells us that at the time of John the Baptist, that the people were filled with expectation anticipating the Messiah. Unlike His Cousin, St. John the Baptist says that he is baptizing with water. Jesus, the Messiah, will baptize with fire and the Holy Spirit. As Our Lord was going down into the waters of the Jordan River for His baptism, He arose to see the Holy Spirit descending upon Him. "You are my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." This confirmation from the Father, sets the stage for Jesus' ministry announcing the Kingdom of God. We hear this same confirmation again at the time of the Transfiguration; the conclusion of His ministry. Again, we hear the Father saying, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." Jesus then begins His journey to Calvary. It concludes with the Resurrection of Our Lord from the tomb. Our true freedom comes from our Baptism, like Jesus, we too must discover and remain obedient to the Divine Will of the Father. Ask Jesus for the grace to know and be faithful to the call He has place on your life.

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

May we fulfill our own Baptismal call by giving ourselves entirely to God.

January 3, 2010 - Epiphany of the Lord

My Dear People,

"We three kings of orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar...", this is the cry of the whole Church on Epiphany Sunday. The Magi were Gentile kings without  the benefit of a Jewish education. They came as "wise" men seeking the Messiah.  What made them as much more different than all of their peers? We may never know. Full of the Light of the Lord, they came great distances over a rather long period of time; discerning, seeking, hoping. The word "epiphany" means to make manifest. God had made manifest His intention to give mankind the Messiah. How did the Magi know this? What were their signs? Did angels appear to them like the shepherds in unlikely. What was true of them, is that they were all three men of deep spiritual faith. Their belief was the touch stone for Our Lord to ignite. And indeed He did. Pray for a strong and ardent faith, rooted in hope. We are a culture who has lost its way. We sink deeper into the abyss of darkness and sin every day. Despite the light and gifts given by the Most Holy Spirit, mankind is plummeting into darkness. Let your "little light" of faith shine brightly, so that those who are lost, may find the way to the Holy Manger. Pray, Pray, Pray for the conversion of souls.

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

May we realize the great treasure we have in the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lord. Come let us adore HIM...




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