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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 
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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

July 25, 2010 - 17th Sunday of Ordinary Times

My Dear People,

We all know that we need to pray in order to know God, and His Divine Will for us. Even the Holy Apostles asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Our Lord instructs Peter and His brothers how to say the Our Father in our Gospel today. He goes on to tell them a parable about a friend calling upon his neighbor for assistance in the middle of the night. Because of the friend's persistence, he receives what he asked from his neighbor. Jesus then tells His Apostles, that if we know how to give good things to one another, how much more will Our Heavenly Father know what we need. Trusting in God's Divine Providence is a difficult lesson to learn. Submitting our own will unto God's perfect Will is not an easy task. It takes great patience and humility. But Our Lord tells us that if we ask for this grace, it will be given to us. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Pray to Him while He is still near. Trust in the Lord at all times, and know He is there.

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

May we learn to see the difference between the simple things we need and the many things we want.

July 18, 2010 - 16th Sunday of Ordinary Times

My Dear People,

Miracles still happen today, as in days of old. The reading from the book of Genesis this Sunday, is a testament of God's almighty power. Sarah was past menopause, she was in her eighties and childless. Three angles comes to visit the tent of Abraham. Inviting them into his dwelling place, Abraham and Sarah prepared a meal for them. After the feast, the angels announce that Sarah, who was thought to be barren, would conceive and give birth to a son nine months from the arrival of their announcement. Sarah, who was listening to their conversation behind the tent wall, laughs. How can this be? I am not capable of bearing children, she thought to herself, and so she chuckles. Nine months later, Sarah bore a son. Abraham gave him the name, "Isaac" which translates, "Sarah laughed." Never underestimate the power of God. With Him all things are possible if we but "Believe".

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

May we never doubt the power of God in our everyday lives. Like Mary, May we find time to be with Jesus in prayer.

July 11, 2010 - 15th Sunday of Ordinary Times

My Dear People,

"And love your neighbor as yourself." This was what Jesus says we must do to show we really love God our Father in Heaven. Luke's Gospel tells us today, that charity and mercy towards our neighbor opens the door to God's charity and mercy towards us. As Jesus taught in the parable of the Good Samaritan, His Mercy must become our mercy. We all have neighbors who are obnoxious and uncharitable. They are not hard to find these days. Seems like everyone especially fellow drivers, are careless and often mean spirited. Everyone is angry and prone to rage. Just try going the speed limit and you will see what I mean. Everyone is in a hurry. Few are even remotely kind. So, how are we to live with people who are self-absorbed and thinking only of their own needs? It is not easy. How can we deal with neighbors who are selfish and often vindictive? it is not easy. By ourselves, charity toward this kind of neighbor is impossible. For God, it is not. We may not be able to change the neighbor who is so selfish, thinking only of himself, but we can change our attitude toward him through prayer. "Pray for those who persecute you, for it is then that we store our treasure in Heaven." So line up all of your ugly and obnoxious neighbors and place them on the altar this Sunday. Given them to Jesus. Let Him deal with their lack of charity, so that he might increase yours.

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

May we strive to be more like the Good Samaritan, sharing our time, talent and treasure where it is needed.

July 2, 2010 - 14th Sunday of Ordinary Times

My Dear People,

Freedom, is a word, often used during the fourth of July celebrations. In the United States, we associate freedom with our separation from the English rule. Most times when we think of being "free", it usually involves a departing from someone or something. When Jesus speaks of "freedom", it is always in reference to being set free "for" something, and not "from" something. Our true freedom lies in our choice to make ourselves available for Christ, and His Father's will for us. 
In our Gospel today, Luke tells us that Jesus selected "72" disciples for the sake of announcing the Kingdom of God. "The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few." Our Lord appoints these men to "free" people from the bondage of sin, and the second death. They were to live a radical and simple lifestyle, focused on "service". As the 72 go forth preaching in the Name of Jesus Christ, even the demons run from them. Ultimately, the disciples were seeing the victory being won in the Name of the Lord. We benefit from this victory of Christ. Are you willing to be set free to serve the Lord? Are you really free for His service? Are you ready to follow Him?

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

May we learn to more deeply trust God to provide us with all that we need.




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