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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 
Rectory Phone (636) 271-6038,    
(636) 257-2235,   
(636) 257-8323 
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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

March 28th, 2010 - Palm Sunday

My Dear People,

Palm Sunday points the way to the Cross. Jesus enters Jerusalem triumphant. He leaves the city carrying the Holy Cross. The crowd cries, "HOSANNA...HOSANNA" in the highest, as Jesus enters. They scream "CRUCIFY HIM..CRUCIFY HIM" as He leaves. What happened in that short period of time? How could things have changed so quickly? It was the sin and the hatred of the elders that caused such a rapid change. We have to be careful not to get caught up in the sin and hatred of others. It is so easy to get persuaded by the blindness of the immoral majority. We don't have to look any further than our government officials to see this today. More and more money is directed toward the killing of our children within the womb. These acts of murder and hate crimes have only intensified as we continue to pour more and more of our FEDERAL taxes into the execution of our future. WHY the blindness? As in Jesus' day, it is the sin of the elders, our elected officials. We share in their sin if we have put them into office. Pray for an end to the ultimate hate crime of abortion. Pray for our elders who so blindly appropriate federal funds to, "Murder, murder the children in the womb."

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

May we suffering of Jesus inspire us to make our own sacrifices and to support the work of the church.

March 21st, 2010 - Fifth Sunday of Lent

My Dear People,

The woman caught in the act of adultery teaches us a lot about the nature of God's forgiveness. We presume that our sins are far greater in seriousness, than God's Divine Mercy. Jesus teaches us that His love for us, exceeds our own ability to separate ourselves from Him through acts of disobedience. Humiliation from her peers is what kept the adulterous woman away from Our Lord. Jesus crosses the line of this woman's fear and pride. By Him asking the question about, "who is without sin?", Our Lord open the door to her heart. In the Mosaic law, infidelity was punishable by death. Instead of condemning this woman, Jesus offers her a new way living. Jesus tells her to go and not to repeat this sin again, lest more harm come to her. The message of reconciliation is true for us as well. No sin can separate us from God's Mercy. It is only our "pride" that prevents this sacred healing. Ask Jesus to lower the gates of your pride and in-fill you His Divine Mercy. Jesus waits for you and I in the confessional. Go to Him...

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

May we learn to put Christ first before our pride, so that we might meet Him in the confessional.

March 14th, 2010 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

My Dear People,

Reconciliation and healing among family members is a great need in our time. Divorce, illness, jealousy, strife, fear and unforgiveness ravage the family. In the center of all of it, is a true lack of Christian faith. Families are almost always divided by those who are believers and exercise their faith, and those who choose not to do so. When a faith life is rooted in the love of God the Father, He shows us how much His love is for us. Then, the Father teaches how we are to live that love out in our families. The evil one wins every time, when  he can separate us from one another. We do not truly see who the real enemy is. It is not our brother, sister, mom or dad; it is the great deceiver. As long as one lives in the darkness, the evil one thrives. Like a cock roach in the darkness, so too dwells the enemy. Our Gospel today speaks of TRUE reconciliation with the Father. It begins by recognizing just how much the Father longs to reconciled with us. Once the Father heals us, then He can begin to heal our families. And it all begins in the Confessional. Be healed. BE reconciled. Be at peace in your families.

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

May we trust that, God the Father will heal all of the divisions in our families.

March 7th, 2010 - Third Sunday of Lent

My Dear People,

God expects us to make good use of all of the talents that He has given to us. The parable of the fig tree teaches us about the need to develop our good spiritual fruits. Cultivating our gifts is our life's job. Discerning these talents takes time. All are freely given to us at our Baptism. The purpose of the gifts is primarily to build up the Body of Christ. When Jesus came upon the fig tree along the road, He noticed that is was barren. He threatened to cut it down. "Why should it exhaust the soil?" The gardener asked for a year to restore the health of the tree. Jesus granted his request, but stated that it would be cut down if it failed to produce good fruit. Are you producing good spiritual fruit? Or are you just taking up dead space? Are you gifts being placed at the service of the Church? Or are they even being used at all? Heed the Gospel. If you have talents that will help someone in need, put them to good use TODAY!

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

May we trust that, just as God provided the Israelites with manna until they arrived in the promised land. He will always provide us with all that we need.




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