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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,    
(636) 742-4820,   
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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

September 26, 2010 - 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

What does Lazarus represent for us in the Gospel? He images the invisible poor who are always present in our midst. On street corners begging for money, at Agape House looking for furniture, with St. Vincent de Paul asking for rent money; the poor we will always have among us. But how much do we allow are hearts to be touched by them? It is easier to pretend we don't see them? Are we praying for the needs of the poor; and how are we meeting the challenge to assist them? These are difficult questions. It is much easier to say that we have "enough" problems of our own. Why add more to the list? Even Our Lord kept money aside to aide the poor. Judas was accused of stealing from the kitty for them. So what can we do? The extra clothes we never wear, the furniture stuffed in the garage, the extra canned goods on our shelves; could not these be shared with the needy in our midst? If we make a habit of caring for the poor, we will never be outdone by our generosity in God's eyes. Please pray that you may grow in love for the poor in our midst.

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

May we open our eyes to the needs of the poor around us. Our hands and hearts may be open to sharing our gifts to make this world a better place for all of us.

September 19, 2010 - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Jesus asks us in the Gospel to identify who our true master is. We can only have devotion for one Lord. Unfortunately, because of the fall of Adam and Eve, we are unable to turn our complete attention to God. Sin has divided our minds and hearts. It is a constant battle to follow Jesus completely. So, the spiritual ascent to the Father is slow and difficult, but not impossible with His grace. A full cup cannot be filled, if the cup of heart is stuffed full with the things of this world, it leaves no room for Our Lord. This requires us to be empty for the sake of being filled up by God. Once full of the Most Holy Spirit, we can then focus on pleasing and serving Him alone. 
Thus, the Lord then becomes the Master of our house. Ask the Lord for the grace of conversion. Plead with Him to know and love Him. Beg Him to stand by you in times of weakness. And know that He will never abandon you. Pray to stay close to the Lord!

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

May we find more time to pray, to thank God for all of His gifts, and to ask God how He wishes us to use those gifts to glorify Him.

September 12, 2010 - 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Who are the lost sheep? Jesus describes them as sinners, those who have lost their way in this world. To these Our Lord directs His attention. Today's parable in Luke's Gospel tells us that Jesus is willing to drop everything to seek out the lost. When found, Our Lord rejoices exuberantly. Even the saints and angels rejoice in Heaven over one repentant sinner. Do you have parents, siblings, cousins, or friends who no longer practice their Catholic Faith? Instead of criticizing them, or condemning them: Pray for their return! Your intercession might be all they need to come back to the Lord. What great joy we can cause Christ to have, when the "lost sheep" of our own families come home. Never cease praying. Your persistence does make a difference.

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

May we never fail to pray for those in our families who have stopped practicing their faith. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.

September 5, 2010 - 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Why would Jesus tell us in the Gospel of Luke this Sunday, that we need to hate our father, mother, and siblings, if we are to serve Him? As often happens in translating a language from one to another, it suffers in the exchange. "Hate" would better translated into being "dis-passionate" or emotionally free from unusual attachment. When Jesus called His Apostles, He asked them to leave their primary role as provider in worldly affairs, and to translate it into a focus on spiritual affairs. Yes, parents are suppose to provide food, shelter, clothing and care for their offsprings; but their primary purpose is to prepare their children for HEAVEN. What good are parents who only provide children with temporary goods, when their real purpose is to teach their children the value of "eternal" gifts? As parents, you will not be judged on the level of education, wealth, or prestige that your children achieved, but on how well they lived Christian lives, and were readied for a good and holy death. How well have you taught your children to carry their crosses in this life, so that they might use them to reach Heaven?

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

May we come to more fully realize that everything we have is a gift from God, and that we are called to generously share these gifts with all who are in need.




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