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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,    
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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

May 30, 2010 - The Most Holy Trinity Sunday

My Dear People,

Of all the theological mysteries, the Most Holy Trinity is both the simplest and complex. How can it be both? Because our intellect has been damaged by original sin, we only operate with one of the eight cylinders God intended for us to function on in our brain. Imagine your V-8 engine running on one cylinder, on a good day. You wouldn't travel very far. How frustrating that would be. And so it is with our broken down intellect, and wrap the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead around it. POP.... There goes the one cylinder. It doesn't make the Truth any less real. We just fail to comprehend it. This is why we have to be so pure and refined to enter into the Kingdom of God. Only the simplest and merest of God's kids can do so. That is what makes it so simple. Be simple. Be undivided. Be real in God's eyes. He can and will fix anything "broken" in us. Pray for the Most Holy Trinity to reign over you and your loved ones.

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

May we look truthfully at the ways we share our time, talent, and treasure, and with grace of the Holy Spirit, strive to be better stewards.

May 23, 2010 - Pentecost Sunday

My Dear People,

Following the great feast of Easter, Pentecost is second in importance to the growth of the Church. Jesus promised his Apostles that He would send them the Paraclete. The Holy Ghost would teach them all things necessary for the birthing of the Church at its earliest beginnings. We see the dramatic effect of this grace when Peter stands up to proclaim the Good News about Jesus Christ. Leaving the closed doors of the upper room where the Apostles were huddled together for "fear" of the Jews, our first Pope now boldly proclaims Jesus Christ. There were devout men and women of every race who understood Peter's preaching, and came to believe in the Holy Name of Jesus. The same Holy Spirit that poured out over St. Peter, came to rest upon them. We have been given that same Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation. Do you use these gifts regularly? Are you exercising these gifts for the glory of God? Do you know what gifts you have been given? If you are unsure, ask the Holy Ghost to come into your heart and mind in a new way this Pentecost. Ask Him to teach you all things necessary to return safely home to Heaven. If you ask, you shall receive.

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

May we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us on our stewardship journey.

May 16, 2010 - 7th Sunday of Easter
Ascension of the Lord

My Dear People,

The Ascension of Our Lord marked the beginning of the Church in transition. The Apostles, led by St. Peter, were given the charge to care for the needs of the community of believers. On Pentecost, all of the gifts necessary for its administration, were given to the Apostles. When the church began to grow, it's needs followed. The glory of Jesus' Ascension permeated this growth process. We still benefit form this charism today. The royal glory of the Ascension fills our minds and hearts every time we ask for it. We are a royal priesthood; a people set apart. What a privilege it is to bear the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray to remain holy. Pray to remain in God's glory. Pray to stay in His Peace.

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

May we learn to put God first in our lives, realizing that we are called to be His hands and feet here on earth.

May 8, 2010 - 6th Sunday of Easter

My Dear People,

Pentecost is the "birthday" of the Church. Mary and the Twelve were huddled in prayer awaiting His Consolation. In the midst of their fear and trembling, He appears to them as "tongues of fire" which came to rest upon each of them. How blest we are to have the Holy Spirit come to dwell in us. How privileged we are to receive Him at Baptism and Confirmation. How challenged are we to share His Light among the nations. Our present world is immersed in such intense darkness. It longs for the light of "hope". The Holy Spirit leads us into the way of eternal hope. This is the hope that gave birth to a first century Church also plunged into darkness. Be Christ's light to one another. As Pope John Paul ll announced upon his being made pope in the late seventies, "Be not afraid..." Permit the Holy Spirit to strengthen your weaknesses and lift up your spirit. He will teach you all things that lead to Jesus and the Father. Pray fervently this week to ready to receive the new fire of the Holy Spirit in the weeks ahead. Maranatha... Come Lord Jesus Come!

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

May we long to be filled with the new fire of the Most Holy Spirit.

May 2, 2010 - 5th Sunday of Easter

My Dear People,

John saw a new Heaven and a new Earth... a future time when all who dwell upon the planet will be at peace. Jerusalem, both earthly and heavenly will co-exist together as one. Our Lord uses the image of groom waiting eagerly to receive his beautiful bride. God will dwell intimately with us in a brand new way. Every tear will be wiped away. Sorrow and suffering will be transformed into joy. The veil will be lifted that separates us from seeing the things from Heaven. The old order, caused by the sin of Adam and Eve, will give way to the new order of the resurrected Adam (Jesus), and the assumed Eve (Mary). What great joy we have in store for us. "Maranatha", come Lord Jesus. We long to see the coming of the Lord!

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

May we show our love for one another by giving as Jesus wants us to give.




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