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

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(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


June 28, 2009 - 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Freedom is a gift from the Lord! We enjoy many freedoms in our country, one of which still allows us to publicly proclaim our Catholic Faith. These rights are rooted in our Constitution. These are God given. What God has given, can also be taken away. With a move toward socialism in our country, and the rights of the unborn all but obliterated by the powers in Washington, one might ask...How much longer do we have to enjoy the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness??? Life is fragile. Freedom is fragile as well. If you have not thanked God on your knees, for the freedoms we still have, NOW is a good time to do so. You do not know what you really have until it is taken away. This fourth of July, give Almighty God thanks for all the freedoms we enjoy as a nation. It never hurts to be overly grateful to the Lord.

May we always PRAISE HIM for all of the rights and freedoms we enjoy as a nation under HIM...!

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

June 21, 2009 - 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

We remember all fathers and grandfathers both living and deceased this weekend. Fatherhood is at the heart of the Old Testament. Abraham entered into a sacred covenant with God the Father. Moses received the Ten Commandments from Him. All the Holy Prophets were guided through Him. Jesus died in obedience to Him. So who is this "God the Father"? "What you see in Me, you see of my Heavenly Father; Jesus tells the Apostles. Nothing I do is apart from Him." So what we need most, from our earthly "fathers", is a preparation to meet our Father in Heaven after we die. What a great duty we have as "earthly fathers". No less than the responsibility to live, breathe and serve God Our Father in Heaven, are we commissioned to do as dads and grand-dads. Pray for all fathers, that they might imitate the perfect love and mercy of God Our Father in Heaven. May all our fathers, living and deceased, give God glory.

May tough economic times remind us to put our faith in Jesus and reevaluate our priorities according to the teachings of the Gospel.

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

June 14, 2009 Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

My Dear People,

The source and summit of our Catholic Faith is the Most Holy Eucharist. Without this special presence of Jesus in every tabernacle of the world, our Churches would be mere "prayer houses". We are privileged to have Jesus waiting for us in the Tabernacle. The Eucharist is at the heart of our Church life. Our Lord is the Holy Bread come down from Heaven. He longs to fill our hearts and souls. We remember, every year at this time, that Jesus comes to live with us. The closer we draw into the mystery of the Eucharist, the closer we come to the heart of God our Father in Heaven. Until He comes again, Jesus leads us from His Eucharistic Heart. From the womb, His first tabernacle, He longs to heal us. Frequent Confession properly disposes our souls to receive the maximum benefit of the great grace. Make good use of both graces, Confession and Eucharist, to ready your soul for eternity. These are keys to our salvation in Christ.

Through the Eucharist, may we find the nourishment and strength to live as Good Christian Stewards.

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

June 7, 2009 Most Holy Trinity Sunday

My Dear People,

"Go therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We begin and end all of our liturgical prayers in the name of the Most Holy Trinity. Our Lord was baptized in the presence of the Trinity in the River Jordan. Peter emerged from the upper room, only to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and the Most Holy Trinity." What is it about the Trinity, even though the title is not named in the Sacred Scriptures, that makes them central to our Catholic Faith? It is because the Trinitarian Mystery is at the core of our Catholic Faith. It is the basis for our Creed. The mystery of the Trinity prepares us now for life eternal with them. A family of persons, we shall experience Them perfectly after our cleansing in Purgatory. They are central to our perfect life to come in eternity because all life comes from Them and returns to Them. When you pray, always ask for the grace to enter into the mystery of the Trinity. Come into the presence of the Holy Trinity when you pray.

May we find in our summer schedule, more time to pray in the presence of the Most Holy Trinity.

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

 


 

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