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

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(636) 451-4685


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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


February 22, 2009

My Dear People,

As we approach Lent 2009, we recognize the overwhelming need for penance and repentance; if not for ourselves, especially of all the newly elected pro-abortionists. Sodom and Gomorrah were completely destroyed for much less. When God corrects us, we should not be surprised. He is already beginning the correction through our pocketbooks. With all the layoffs, job losses, and home foreclosures, Almighty God is sending a very clear message. WE ARE NOT THE BOSS? HE IS... He will continue to remove His holy protection from us as a nation, and we will continue to see the effects of our sins of abortion, cloning, pornography, infidelity in marriage and apostasy... What exactly will it take for us to repent as a nation? 911 was apparently not enough. A greater than 911 is in store for us, lest we turn away from our evildoing. "Who but God can forgive sins?" This is the question posed in Mark's Gospel today. The scribes were asking where Jesus' authority came from, and who did He think He was. To show them the Father's authority was manifested through Him, Jesus healed the paralytic. All glorified God and gave Him praise. If Jesus could heal the paralytic's infirmity, He can heal the infirmity of our nation. Pray for the healing of our country, before it is too late!

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

February 15, 2009

My Dear People,

When Our Lord healed the man with leprosy, He manifested His divine power over sin and death. Outside of the man, was a sickness that was made visible through the disease. But inside the soul, sin is not seen, yet it is no less real. This is why Jesus always forgave sin first, and then healed second. We can look perfectly healthy in physical appearance, yet our insides may be rotting with the leprosy of sin. Only a good and holy Confession can heal us. Jesus, the Divine Physician, comes to make our soul whole. Why do we find so many excuses not to confess our sin? Because the devil wants us to rot in sin. It makes his job a lot easier. So if you want the evil one to be the one to lead into eternal darkness after you die, skip confession altogether. Keep making excuses not to go. The powers of darkness will be there waiting for you when you draw your last breath, eager to finish off the job. Don't jeopardize your eternal salvation. Come back to regular confession.

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

February 8, 2009

My Dear People,

When it was evening, they brought all the sick to the feet of Jesus. By this time, His reputation had spread throughout the whole region. After spending time in prayer, Jesus continued to preach and heal. The Father's authority rested upon Our Lord. Even though no one has seen the Father, we see Jesus acting in His Name. How loving and caring Our Heavenly Father is! What Love we see in His only Son, Jesus Christ. Not one person, does the Father want to see sick or hurting in any way. Why then is their so much sickness and suffering? only God knows for sure. We, however, are the greatest obstacle to the "healing power" of Our Lord. What is keeping you from the Divine Healing of Jesus? Reach out in faith. Ask God to take away any sickness that is NOT part of His Divine Plan. Watch the power of the Holy Spirit come alive. Our God has come to save us. Rejoice and be glad.

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

February 1, 2009

My Dear People,

Unlike the exorcisms we see on television and at the movies, Jesus commanded the demons with great authority. Even before the Holy Apostles recognized Jesus as the Son of God, the demons were crying out His Name in anguish. Mark's Gospel depicts Jesus as having power over darkness. "He commands unclean spirits, and they obey Him." Our Lord tells the Apostles, that they too will cast out demons in His Name. How powerful is the Holy Name of Jesus. All too often in public, we hear people cursing Our Lord. Some have little reverence for the Name of the Lord. How disrespectful we can be, using the Holy Name of Jesus carelessly. If you are in the bad habit of cursing, ask Our Lord for the grace to respect His Name. Turn an occasion of sin, into an opportunity for prayer. Honor Our Lord, and many blessings will be bestowed upon you. It will not only be found pleasing to the Lord, but repulsive to the evil one. Pray, pray, pray always. Bring the heavenly blessings upon yourself and your family.

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

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