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Pastor: Reverend Mark S. Bozoda

St. Mary of Perpetual Help

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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

November 29, 2009 - 1st Sunday of Advent

My Dear People,

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is the cry of the Church at the beginning of it's New Year. We long for the establishment of Christ's Reign of Peace. It has yet to happen. St. Luke says, that there will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars "before" the transition comes to past. The seas will roar and the waves will overtake the earth. The very powers of the Heavens will be shaken. "Then, they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds, with great power and glory." He reminds us, during the interim, to remain vigilant in faith, sober in deeds, and spiritually alert, so that the great and terrible day does not catch us of guard. Make a resolution this Advent 2010, to go to confession more often, attend daily mass, and pray the Rosary. These prayer habits will allow us to stand in faith before Our Lord, when he comes. Pray, Pray, Pray.

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

May we follow Our Lord's example by carefully planning ways in which we can give service and sacrifice to build up God's Church.

November 22, 2009 - The Feast of Christ the King

My Dear People,

The Feast of Christ the King is celebrated each November at the end of our Church liturgical year. In it, we remember that Jesus will reign over all His enemies at the end of time. All powers and principalities from hell, will be placed under His feet. In today's Gospel, Jesus tell Pilate that His Kingdom is not of this world. Truth is the banner under which His Kingdom shall prosper. The book of the prophet Daniel tells us that when the Messiah comes, we will recognize it because "His dominion is an everlasting dominion, that shall not be taken away." We, as the Church Militant, look forward to the day when Christ, King of All Nations, will reign triumphantly over us. The Son of Man will come in the clouds with great power and glory. The elect shall be gathered by His Angels from the four corners of the Earth. What a triumphant day that will be! Pray to stay close to the King of All Nation, Jesus Christ. Stay close to the sacraments of Confession and Holy Eucharist. Keep yourselves protected with prayers, novenas, and rosaries daily. Ask for the grace to remain in between the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Pray, Pray, Pray...

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

May we joyfully give our time, talent and treasure to build up God's Church here on earth.

November 15, 2009 - 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

In our reading from the book of Daniel, St. Michael, the great Heavenly Prince, is guarding God's holy people. "There shall be a time unsurpassed in distress, since nations began. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the Book of Life." He goes on to describe how the "wise" shall brightly shine like the stars. Pope Leo the Xlll, at the turn of the 19th century, was told that the Church had entered this time. Pope Leo wrote the St. Michael Prayer we pray after each mass, so that the faithful might invoke this Holy Protecting Angel's shield over all of us. This prayer was to be prayed after all masses until the end of this age of trial and tribulation. We benefit from St. Michael's intercession each time we pray His prayer with faith. Don't forget to pray this prayer throughout the course of your day, and in the evening. Make sure you call upon St. Michael upon preparing for bedtime. Ask for his protection over all of your family members. You cannot evoke this powerful angel too many times during the course of the day. Pray, Pray, Pray.

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

May we give generously, so that when we meet Our Lord face to face, we can stand before Him and say, "Lord, I have given all that you asked of me."

November 8, 2009 - 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

The widow's mite (coin) was all she had to care for herself. She had no social security, no food stamps, or health care. During her lifetime she bought no bonds, cd's annuities, or stocks. Complete trust in God's Providence as what she embraced. Even though she was destitute financially, she still was looking to help the poor. When Jesus observed all the rich giving little compared to their great wealth, He points out to His Disciples that the widow surrendered everything she had, so that the poor would have something. She knew what it was like to be POOR. She lived in total poverty. And yet her willing to give it that her brothers and sisters in poverty, could have something. What a trusting soul. Biblical Stewardship, God's Law from the Bible, requires us to give 10% of our total income back to the Lord. This includes our times, talent, and income. Since a portion of that goes for taxes already, only 5% is required after taxes. This means that if you take in $50,000 in income a year, that $2,500 is owed to God after taxes. This is not man's law, but God's. Pray about the Gospel this Sunday. Are you listening to Jesus' Words? Do you trust in the Father Providence, or only in yourself? Be courageous. God is NEVER outdone by our generosity, especially to the POOR!

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

May we always be willing to tithe our income unto the Lord!

November 1, 2009 - All Saints

My Dear People,

The feast of All Saints is a continual reminder that everyone is called to "holiness"; not just canonized saints. By our Baptism and Confirmation, we are endowed with all of the spiritual and practical gifts necessary for our sanctification. Each way is unique. Because we have been created in the image and likeness of Almighty God, the path by which we mature is special and in keeping with our nature. This is why there are no two saints that look, talk, or act in the same manner. Like facets of a diamond, every soul was created to reflect the glory of Our Lord. As life polishes us, we shine that much more brilliantly. What a treasure we are in God's eyes. He longs to have each of us at the table in His Kingdom. SO, we have our work cut out for us! It is a work that ultimately will make holy our souls. Preparing our hearts to become a temple of the Holy Spirit must be our first concern. During Holy Mass this Mass this weekend, call upon your saint namesake. Ask them to intercede for you before God's holy throne, in order that you might become a saint like them; in each and everyway God's so ordained. Pray for all those souls who have lost their way to God. Your prayers may be the ones that save them from eternal death. Pray, Pray, Pray.

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

May we hold our gifts in an open hand, recognizing that everything belongs to God and that without God's blessing we would be among the very poor in this world.



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