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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
Mon-Thurs (9am - 2pm)
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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

January 30, 2011 - 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

The Beatitudes compliment the Ten Commandments. What Moses received on Mt. Sinai of God's Law, Jesus gives to us on the Mount concerning God's way of living our faith. The Eight Beatitudes are a way of life. God calls each of us to be simple in spirit; to reach out to those who mourn; to be meek; to hunger for justice; to be merciful; to be pure of heart; and to be peacemakers. Living this call of the Gospel will cost us. It is countercultural. It is not the norm. Who in our culture calls us to be forgiving, merciful and just? No one. Our collapsing culture is the antithesis of the Gospel of Our Lord. So Beware! Should you chose to follow Christ, it will cost you. Be mindful, however, that Jesus will give you everything that you need to remain faithful. And know that this is the way that leads us back to Our Heavenly Father. Strive to love Jesus with all of your heart and soul!

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

May we always be ready to serve Our Lord fearlessly, without counting the costs.

January 23, 2011 - 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

If God is all powerful, omnipotent, and all knowing, why would He seek us? Yet that is what Jesus did as He began His mission here on Earth. Our Lord did not seek out the brightest and best. he sought those whose hearts were open and ready. All of the Holy Apostles had sinned and were broken. None were perfect. But Jesus chose to use their imperfections to glorify His Father in heaven. As Jesus walked along the Sea of Galilee, he called to Peter and Andrew. They were brothers who owned their own business. Matthew tells us that they immediately left their boat, and their father to follow Him. What could Jesus have said our done that would cause them to make such a radical change? We do not now for sure, but we do know that they did not hesitate to respond. Jesus calls each of us by name at Baptism, just as He will when we die. Like the Holy Apostles we are weak and sinful. But will we hesitate when He calls? What must we do to softened our hearts that we may hear Him calling us? Pray to the Holy Spirit to know when Jesus speaks. He promised to teach us all things, until the Second Coming. Trust in your gifts and use them to glorify Our Lord.

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

May we always be ready to hear and serve the Lord as His Faithful Stewards.

January 16, 2011 - 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Isaiah, a major prophet of the Old testament, focuses on the servant role of Israel in our readings this week. The Lord has formed me as a servant from the womb, Isaiah states. Israel is to be a light to the nations, glorious in God's sight. Is this how the world views Israel today? Is she a pillar of goodness and light? Does she draw all nations unto the Lord? While in Jerusalem a few years ago, I had the opportunity to speak with an orthodox Jewish rabbi at the Wailing Wall. He made the distinction between "cultural Jew" and "observant Jews". Over 90% of Israel was non-observant, meaning Jewish in name only. Very, very few Israeli Jews practice any religion at all. This rabbi went on to say that his nation was a "scandal" unto the Lord, and that God would judge them accordingly. It made me think about the Catholic Church. Are we the same? Cultural non-practicing Catholics, few faithful and obedient unto the Lord are we? Are we not a scandal unto the Lord? Our divorce rate, abortion rate, pro-homosexual view, and church attendance is not much like our pagan brothers. Is God going to judge us accordingly as well?

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

May we always be grateful for the fullness of our Roman Catholic faith.

January 9, 2011 - The Baptism of Our Lord

My Dear People,

The Baptism of Our Lord always raises the question, "Did Jesus have to be Baptized?" No, Jesus had no sin. Yes, He was exempt from Baptism. Then, why did Jesus choose to receive Baptism at the hand of John the Baptist? As with everything in Jesus' life, He remained obedient to the Divine Will of His Heavenly Father. Jesus chose to receive Baptism through Holy Obedience. Jesus shows us the way that leads to the Father, and for us, that begins at our own Baptism. Without this first Sacrament, we would have no access to the other graces given through the Holy Sacraments. There would be no graces given through the Holy Eucharist. Our souls would remain dead without these blessings from the Lord. We become His adopted children at the moment we are baptized. Fallen children of Eve and adopted sons and daughter of Abraham. Baptism opens the path that lead to Heaven. The Eternal Covenant of the Father, comes now through Jesus and the Holy Spirit poured forth at the Baptismal Font. The Heavens will then open for us at the moment of our death, giving us access to Eternal Life through Jesus Christ. Always be grateful for the great graces given at your Baptism. Thank God for our faithful parents and godparents for saying YES.

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

May we always cherish the gifts of God given to us in our hearts at our Baptism.

January 2, 2011 - The Epiphany of the Lord

My Dear People,

The Epiphany of Our Lord celebrates the Divine and human nature of Jesus Christ, the King. Even in the stable, Our Lord was beginning His reign here on Earth. Saving one soul at a time through His Cross and Resurrection, begins in the Manger. No wonder the Angels were singing, "Glory to God in the Highest". They were given a knowing of the glorious end of the mission of Jesus, even as an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes. This Christ Child will place all powers and principalities under His feet at some future time. We see in the Gospel today, the Three Kings placing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh before Our Lord. These treasures represent the three gifts given to all of us at our Baptism. We were all anointed to be priest, prophet and king. These are our Baptismal roles. All baptized Christians are called to assist Our Lord in spreading the Kingdom of God. Whether we are single, married, or serving as a priest or religious, we are to minister to the Word. All nations need to hear God's Word preached to them. That is one mission given to us at the Baptism font. Like the Shepherds filled with joy, may we give glory to the Lord in our words and deeds.

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

May we always protect the Word of God given in our hearts at Baptism.






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