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Pastor: Reverend Mark S. Bozoda
1107 Summit - Catawissa, MO 63015 
Rectory Phone (636) 271-6038,    
(636) 257-2235,   
(636) 257-8323 
Email: office@stjames-church.com

Parish Office
(636) 451-4685

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

December 28, 2008

My Dear People,

I do not know of any family who is not faced with a particular challenge or difficulty these days. It is a sign of the times. Like the Holy Family, fervent and regular prayer is the ONLY answer. Had not Our Lady and Saint Joseph been obedient to the angel's command to leave for Egypt in the middle of the night, tragedy would have overtaken them. Remaining in the Divine Will of God the Father is extremely important. How does this happen? Daily, we must surrender our personal way to God's way for us. A simple Morning Offering is a great way to begin your day. Start by acknowledging God as your Father in Heaven. Praise and bless Him for all that you will encounter that day. Ask the Father to lead and guide all of your tasks, decisions, and actions. Cover yourself in the Mantle of the Blessed Mother, and open your heart to Hers. This a a sure way to stay close to God, and His plan for you. Make a New Year's resolution to stay in the Divine Will. You will be glad that you did. Many blessings upon you and your family in the New Year.

Like the Holy Family, may our hearts always be focused upon Our Lord Jesus Christ every moment of our day.

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

December 21, 2008

My Dear People,

Angels are very much a part of the Christmas account in the Gospel. The lowly shepherds were greeted by the Holy Angels while tending their sheep. They were told not to be afraid, but to REJOICE. This angelic message is sorely needed today, especially with all of the challenges that lie ahead next year. Like Joseph and Mary, we must be prayerful and obedient, always ready to follow the Lord's Call. It kept the Holy Family from great danger and harm. Pray to have the hearts of Joseph and Mary. May God's holy protection come upon you and all of your families.

Like the Blessed Mother, may we be willing through our good stewardship, to carry Christ into the world.

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

December 14, 2008

My Dear People,

Guadete Sunday is a day of great rejoicing. the Lord is near. God is with us. St. Paul tells us that we should REJOICE always. Pray with ceasing. We are encouraged to give thanks in many ways. As this calendar year ends, we do have much to be grateful for to Almighty God. We still have the freedom to worship in public and share our Catholic faith with others. The Lord has blessed us with food, shelter, and clothing. Our regular income has remained consistent with last year's totals. We are maintaining our annual budget and meeting our expenses. Our outreach to the poor in our area, through our various ministries, continues to grow. We just completed a beautiful Advent Mission with Mark Mallett preparing us for the Birth of Jesus, Mary, Our Mother in Heaven, continues to intercede for us before Her Son. St. Michael the Archangel is always protecting our parishes and our families. What greater gifts could Our Lord give to us? Please take time during the course of this week, to rejoice and give God thanks for all of His Providential care and Divine Mercy. Rejoice in the Lord always.

May always we strive to be grateful for the many blessings that God has shared with us over the course of this past year.. Rejoice in the Lord always...again, I say REJOICE.

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

December 7, 2008

My Dear People,

"A voice crying out in the wilderness.. prepare ye the way of the Lord!" Mark's Gospel today reminds us that John the Baptist spent most of his adult life, clearing a path for the Messiah to enter his heart. He lived an austere life freed from distraction. His meals were meager. His home was barren. He owned little. As John was baptizing in the Jordan River, Jesus comes to him. As the Holy Spirit filled John in his mother's womb, at the presence of Jesus in Mary's womb; again the Holy Spirit consumes John. The Baptist states, "I am not even worthy to touch the sandals on your feet." Jesus's sandals were the most undesirable part of His attire. Like boots in the barn, sandals picked up everything undesirable in the street. John recognizes the Divine in Our Lord. Jesus asks to be baptized by John. Jesus asks this of his cousin in obedience to His Father's will. Our Lord was teaching us how to access the grace of eternity through our Baptism. If you were baptized, you have your parents to thank for that gift. Baptism opens all the avenues of grace that leads us to eternal life. Be like John, emptied of yourself. Be like Jesus, obedient to the Father. They both point in the direction that leads us to everlasting LIFE.

As good stewards, may we strive to embrace the simplicity of St. John the Baptist, more than the materialism of our age.

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


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