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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 
Rectory Phone (636) 271-6038,    
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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

October 31, 2010 - 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Zacchaeus was a known sinner in Jesus' day. He was a chief tax collector who embezzled money from his peers. Since he worked for the Roman government collecting taxes, he was greatly despised by his contemporaries. When Jesus came to eat at the home of Zaccheaus, the crowd began to grumble, "Who is this Jesus who dines with public sinners?" In response, Zaccheaus does not become defensive, but rather he is repentant. "I shall repay what I owe four times over the amount." Jesus' Divine Mercy had touched Zaccheaus's heart to the core. No longer was he measuring affection in terms of wealth, but in Our Lord's forgiveness. How we can learn from Zaccheaus's conversion! "Jesus declares that salvation has come to this descendant of Abraham." For the Son of Man has come to save what was lost. We need to be found by Jesus, for like Zaccheaus, we too were once lost. Now we are "found". There is no faster way to "be found" by Jesus except in the confessional. Please make confession regular in your own lives. Jesus waits for us there.

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

May we joyfully share the abundant gifts God has given to us with others.

October 24, 2010 - 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

God's Divine Mercy is a gift. It flows from the Holy Wounds of Jesus Christ from the Cross. Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity are extended to us so that we might be freed from eternal damnation. When the tax collector begs for Divine Mercy, God the Father lavishly pours it over the sinner. Luke's Gospel reminds us that God Our Father in Heaven is generous with His Gifts. He asks only for our humility and obedience in return. The tax collector surrenders himself to God. Therefore, God grants the sinner His forgiveness. In the process, the tax collector is lifted up to God with great joy. Angels and saints rejoice in heaven over repentant sinners. Self-righteousness suffocates Divine Mercy. We must be careful not to compare ourselves to others, otherwise we might fall into the same trap as the Pharisees. Seek the Lord. Call to Him. Pray to remain obedient and humble in God's eyes. Rejoice in His love for you. He will never abandon you. His Mercy first forever.

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

May we kneel before God everyday, humbly recognizing that everything we have is a gift. May we ask God to guide us in the ways we use and share His gifts to us.

October 17, 2010 - 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne was born in Grenoble, France during the French Revolution. She had a great desire to leave France and serve the Native American population in America. As a Madame of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she came to serve at their academy in St. Charles, MO and in Florissant, MO. It wasn't until the end of her life that she got her wish to serve the Indian community in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. It was at that mission, that this great Saint and patron of St. Louis, MO became known as the "saint who prays ALWAYS." The Indian children would place leaves and sticks upon her feet as she knelt to pray at night, to see if she would stop and to take a break. Eight hours later the next day, they would find the twigs in exactly the same place as they had left them the previous night before, undisturbed. What a great witness for the Church, to have such a dedicated lover of Jesus constantly in prayer. Today's Gospel from Luke teaches us that we are to be persistent in our prayer. Would anyone accuse you of praying constantly to Our Lord? What a great accusation that would be. Ceaseless prayer should be the goal of all Christians. Ask God for a prayerful heart. He will give you your hearts desire.

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

May we be persistent in our prayer and sacrifice, even when it is not convenient.

October 10, 2010 - 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

All healing comes from Our Lord. We know that when our bodies, minds, souls and spirits get healed, Jesus is the source of all of this. When Christ encounters the ten lepers on the road, His heart is moved with pity. Everywhere Jesus comes across those who are ill, He reaches out to touch and heal them. And so it is with the lepers. From a distance the men call out to the Lord, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us". Telling them to show themselves to the priests, was in keeping with Mosaic Law. In obedience the lepers comply. While on the way they were made whole. Only one of them, a non-Jew, a Samaritan, returns to give thanks. Jesus points outs to this leper that it was his "faith" that healed him. Why would Jesus say this? had ot His healing power healed the lepers? Of course the answer is yes. But we need to work with Our Lord in the healing process. This is where our faith enters the picture. Without our complete trust and confidence in the Lord, no real healing can take place because Jesus heals from the inside out. First He forgives sin and heals the heart, and then the body follows. So "unforgiveness" is a major blockage to our healing. Frequent confession not only heals the soul, but the body as well. God puts the whoe package together. Consider this, if you have not been in the confessional for a long, long time, consider going to confession. This will not only heal the hear and soul, but he body as well.

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

Like the one leper who returned, may we regularly take time to thank God for all the blessings He bestows on us.

October 3, 2010 - 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

A mustard seed is indeed very small; yet it has great potential when placed in good soil. At Baptism, the seeds of our faith are planted. If we give these seeds "good soil", a chance to grow, we too can bear good fruit in our lifetime. Worry, stress, financial challenges all drain our spirit. When we are exhausted from the struggles of this world, it makes it very difficult to focus on the next. Such is the gift of faith. A strong faith, cultivates good spiritual seed. SO we must do our best to allow Our Lord to strengthen our faith. Prayer is the greatest asset we have when growing our faith. If you don't pray, you cannot progress in your spiritual life. We are obliged to grow in faith. At the end of our lifetime, we will have to show how we have grown. So don't wait. Start now. Begin each day in prayer. Allow for regular prayer time during the course of the day. And end each day in prayer. This will assure you that the Lord may truly strengthen your faith. If we abide in Him. He will in-turn abide in us!

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

May we use each day to grow the seeds of Faith in our lives.





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