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Pastor: Reverend Mark S. Bozoda
1107 Summit - Catawissa, MO 63015 
Rectory Phone (636) 271-6038,    
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(636) 257-8323 
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


January 25, 2009

My Dear People,

We are in the year of St. Paul the Apostle. This whole year is a great remembrance of all that Paul accomplished in bringing the Good News to the Gentile nations. All of us are responsible for sharing the truth of Jesus Christ with one another. We live in a very depraved and darkened society; lost in the lusts of the world. What better witness can we give, but to share the Light of Christ with everyone. Pope John Paul ll said that we are entering the age of the New Evangelization. The world is starving to hear the message of the Gospel. To evangelized is to live the truth of Jesus Christ each and everyday. Today's Gospel from St. Mark tells us that the KINGDOM is at hand. All of creation yearns for the completion of the Kingdom in our midst. The Holy Apostles left everything to follow the Lord; homes, jobs, family and friends. In return they shared in the Ministry of Our Lord. What a great grace we have in the Apostles. They guide us still from the Throne of the Heavenly Courts. Ask the Apostles to give you a missionary heart. In doing so, you too will share in the great mission of our Roman Catholic Church.

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

January 18, 2009

My Dear People,

Throughout the Sacred Scriptures, Our Lord tells us that we are accountable for our individual acts, and our communal acts. This past election reaped the bad fruit of many, many years of choosing death over life. Pope John Paul ll warned the United States, that it was becoming a culture of death. God calls us to be a culture of LIFE. Even Mother Teresa of Calcutta stated many times that America had lost its way and because of rampant abortions, and would suffer future consequences for her immoral choices. Now we are at that crossroads. As a nation, we have chosen to give our politicians "carta blanche" when it comes to the "ultimate child abuse" ABORTION and CLONING. God never withdraws His Mercy. We preclude it. WE have done so. We are now suffering the consequences of our immoral actions. Pray for the strength to withstand the judgments that is at our doorstep. Even though you may have remained faithful to Our Lord in the voting booth, we will all come to know the JUSTICE of the Lord.

Please pray for a change of heart in our present administration.  

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

January 11, 2009

My Dear People,

We draw to a close the Christmas season with the Baptism of Our Lord? Did Jesus need to be baptized? The answer would be NO. Jesus chose to be baptized by His cousin John, in obedience to His Father's Divine Will. John the Baptist states, "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am unworthy to untie His sandal straps." The shortest Gospel, Mark, tells us afterward a voice was heard from the Heavens saying, "this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." The Father's intense love for the Son is found here. This same filial love is expressed by Jesus hanging upon the Holy Cross. What great love Jesus models for us by pouring our His Blood for us. And Jesus begins His Mission after coming out of the Jordan River. What Our Lord teaches us here is threefold. First and foremost, we must always seek the Father's Will for us. Second, we must always know how intensely the Father loves each of us. Lastly, we must express the Father's Love for us in love of our neighbor. This fraternal love is the litmus test for our true devotion to Our Lord. And it all begins for us at the Baptismal Font. Called by name, Jesus gives us all of the tools we need to consummate the Divine Task of our life. Pray to invest and use your Baptismal gifts wisely.

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



January 4, 2009

My Dear People,

"We three Kings of orient are...bearing gifts we traverse afar." This is the prayer of the Church as we approach the manger with the three men of royalty. Although not Jewish by birth, these Gentile Kings represent us. Like them, we have no access to salvation except through the King of All Nations, Jesus Christ. Laying ourselves before the crib, we honor and adore Our Lord with them. Even though we have not gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh; we do have the gifts of the Holy Spirit given at our Baptism and Confirmation. Jesus treasures us, and His gifts to us through the Holy Spirit. Our Lord desires for us to put these gifts at the service of our families and of our Church. Are you using these gifts? Have you placed them at the foot of the manger? Take some time this Sunday to adore the Infant Jesus. Ask Him how to best use your gifts and talents for His Glory. Use wisely the treasures He has bestowed upon us.

Like the Three Kings, may we treasure the Holy Infant in our hearts as we too, adore Him in the Manger.

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

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