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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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Email: office1@stmarys-moselle.com

St. James
1107 Summit Dr. - Catawissa, MO 63015 
Rectory Phone (636) 271-6038,    
FAX
(636) 742-4820,   
Hall
(636) 257-8323 
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Parish Office (636) 451-4685
Mon-Thurs (9am - 2pm)
Closed Fridays


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 29, 2011 - 6th Sunday of Easter

My Dear People,

In the Acts of the Apostles this Sunday, we see St. Philip proclaiming Christ fearlessly. The Samaritans listened to his witness. They beheld demons being cast out, and the sick healed in the name of Jesus Christ. The people of Samaria were of mixed faith; both Jew and Gentile. They accepted the testimony of Philip and were save  by the Word of God. Missionaries continue this same salvific activity in foreign lands. The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart still preach and teach in foreign countries not unlike the Apostles. We are blessed to have the annual missionary appeal in our parish this weekend. We may not be able to leave our families, homes and jobs to preach Christ in foreign lands, but we can do so through the work of active missionaries in the Church. Please be generous in praying for this missionary activity of the universal Church, and be generous in your financial support.

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

As we always be good stewards of our time and talents; especially in reaching out to our brothers and sisters in foreign lands.

May 22, 2011 - 5th Sunday of Easter

My Dear People,

It is comforting to know, that even though the holy Apostles spent a considerable amount of time being taught by Jesus. Many times these holy men were still oblivious to Our Lord's instruction. Jesus begins in the Gospel today by saying, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. I am going to prepare a place for you." Blessed St. Thomas is unsure of what Jesus is referring to in this statement so Thomas states, "Master we do not know where you are going." Jesus then continues by telling the Apostles that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one makes it into the Father's Kingdom without Jesus. Wow... How patient and compassionate Jesus is with His Apostles; even the really "slow learners". If this was true for the Apostles, how much more true will it be for us? Take delight in coming to Our Lord with all of your questions and concerns. Jesus longs to teach us. He longs to instruct us. He longs to heal us. Never be ashamed to your lack of knowledge or lack of comprehension of your Catholic Faith. Jesus hungers for our faith. He desires to hear all of our doubts and fears. He is always waiting for us in His Holy Tabernacle.

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

As good stewards, may we always trust in the care of our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

May 15, 2011 - 4th Sunday of Easter

My Dear People,

Jesus is Our Good Shepherd. This concept is very difficult for city dwellers to comprehend. Sheep are very simple minded. They are vulnerable to attack. Without a protector or shepherd, wild animals would come to sweep them all away. Jesus Christ gives us his ultimate protection from His suffering and death on the Holy Cross. Jesus is our Ultimate Shepherd. Upon the Holy Cross is where He defeated the devil. Every time we look to the Holy Cross and contemplate the power of Our Lord's Precious Blood flowing from His Holy Wounds, we are saved from the evil one. The devil despises the power of Jesus' Death and Resurrection. The evil one hates the power of the Holy Cross, and he hates us. Jesus knows each of us by name. He care for and always watches over us, protecting us from the enemy. Just as a shepherd leads the sheep to safety through the sheep gate, so too does Jesus lead us to the Gates of Heaven. So like sheep, we need be humble, obedient and trusting always in Him. Place all of your cares into the hand of the Good Shepherd.

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

As good stewards, may we always trust in the care of our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

May 8, 2011 - 3rd Sunday of Easter

My Dear People,

The road to Emmaus account is yet another Resurrection narrative read during Easter. In this account we find Jesus defining for us the boundaries for our present day mass. As Jesus shared with His Disciples, they were prevented from knowing Him because He has not yet ascended to the Father. Our Lord begins by sharing the Sacred Scriptures. We do this at every mass in the Liturgy of the Word. Then, after their hearts were set on fire with the Word, Jesus breaks bread with them just as He did at the Last Supper with the Apostles. With that their eyes were opened, and Jesus vanished from their sight. This breaking of bread is what we do in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. At the words of consecration, the bread and wine become the Body and Bread, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Himself. Just as Our Lord was them taken from the sight of the disciples, so too is Jesus taken from our sight at Holy Communion time. We must then see with the eyes of "faith". Jesus preformed many other signs of His Resurrection that were not written in the Gospels. He calls all of us to believe in Him, so that we might have LIFE in His Holy Name.

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

May we always be eager to take advantage of the Great Grace of Jesus' Divine Mercy.

May 1, 2011 - Divine Mercy Sunday

My Dear People,

St. Faustina was given the great grace to have many apparitions of Jesus our Divine Mercy. A contemporary of Pope John Paul ll, she lived on a few miles from our future pope. Dying at the young age of thirty-three years old, St. Faustina received a lot of  infused knowledge. It all centered on the closing of an age of salvation history that would be given the grace of God's Mercy. Mercy expands the heart and soul and allows it to receive more of God's Love. Before his death, Pope John Paul ll established the Feast of Divine Mercy on the second Sunday of Easter. During the eight days of the Resurrection, we close the final day with the invitation to immerse ourselves in Jesus' Sacred Heart to benefit from His Mercy. The Church requires us to go to Confession, pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, and to pray reverently the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Today, May 1st beginning at noon until 1pm we will have Confession and Exposition at St. James Church. Come and take advantage of this grace and the plenary indulgence that is attached to this grace.

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

May we always be eager to take advantage of the Great Grace of Jesus' Divine Mercy.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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