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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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Parish Office (636) 451-4685
Mon-Thurs (9am - 2pm)
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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

September 25, 2011 - 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Our first Sunday reading is from the prophet Ezekiel. It indicates that the Lord's way is not fair. Sin perverts the mind and the heart. It keeps us from seeing things, as Our Lord sees them. When you only get half the facts in any one account, it seldom makes sense. We don't have the true picture. It isn't until the whole account is shared, that we begin to see what is what. This is why we unjustly accuse God of not being fair. What little we know and what wisdom we lack, causes us to draw false conclusions. So Ezekiel calls us to be virtuous and not sinful. Turning away from our iniquity, makes room for God's light and truth. This brings us life, not death. It also teaches us to be humble and simple. This permits the vastness of God's knowledge and wisdom to purge out our own darkness and sin. And in the end, we grow in awe and respect for the Lord.

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

May we daily make room for God each and everyday for our lives.

September 18, 2011 - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

God's Mercy and Compassion is far beyond our understanding. We cannot comprehend Our Lord's deeply rooted love for us. We would weep copiously if we ever came to know fully God's love and His care for us. It is the awesomeness of his love that can transform our lives and become the source of our healing. The Gospel today teaches us something about God's Divine Mercy. The parable of the workers show that we cannot fathom the depths of God's charity. He loves the just and the unjust, the saint and the sinner alike. We however, find it very difficult to love our enemies, even within our own family. Not recognizing who the real enemy really is keeps us in the dark. Satan is the one who seeks to separate and divide. Jesus tried teaching the Apostles this fact. The seed of the devil had been sown among them and come to sprout in Judas Iscariot. Even St. Peter denied Christ, but he also accepted Our Lord's Mercy and forgiveness. So the key to real healing in our lives comes from embracing Divine Mercy. Plead the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ over all of your enemies. Pray for their healing and conversion. Know God's true peace in doing so.

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

May we be merciful to God's Mercy and Compassion.

September 11, 2011 - 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

It was ten years ago today that the horrible tragic attack on the United States by terrorist Muslims took place. The revenge can be traced all the way back to the Old Testament unforgiveness between Isaac and Ishmael. Isaac is the ancestor of the Jewish nation. Ishmael is the father of the Muslim nation. This sibling rivalry is deeply rooted in the family tree of man. Abraham was the father of both. Before Sarah could conceive her son Isaac, Abraham had relations with her maidservant and bore Ishmael. Once Isaac was born, Sarah cast out Ishmael and his mother into the desert. This caused great hatred and division in the family of Abraham. The unforgiveness continues thousands of years after the fact. Our pro-Israeli sentiment is what spurred on the 9-11 attack by the Muslims. Isaac's descendents are still at war with Ishmael's descendents. It is a rift that only Jesus Christ can heal. Pray for the healing of this deeply rooted family unforgiveness. Sin cuts and divides all people, even many years after the fact. But Jesus Christ makes all things NEW! Ask Our Lord to mend the brokenness in our world and in our own families.

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

May we always be ready to give the healing and peace in our families.

September 4, 2011 - 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Unforgiveness at the moment of death is what binds most people immediately to Purgatory. Only Divine Mercy exist in Heaven; not unforgiveness. Even little forgotten unforgivemesses keep us bound in suffering after death. When my mom was dying in the final stages of cancer, she was in a coma. A few days before her death, she was calling out for her oldest sister. I knew immediately what needed to be done. I drove to my aunt's house many miles away, picked her up, and drove her to visit with my mom. I told my aunt all she had to do is to announce her presence with my mom. When my aunt entered the room where my mom was in a coma, she told her that she was here to say good bye. It was very moving, but it was enough to bring peace to my mother. She did not call out for her older sister any more after that visit. Whatever was unforgiven inside of my mom's heart with her sister, was mended on that day before she died. Don't wait until your deathbed to start mending fences in your family. Ask Jesus to be the source and summit for forgiveness in your life. It will bring you a more peaceful death. 

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

May we always be ready to forgive one another as Christ forgives us.








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