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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

March 29, 2009

My Dear People,

The raising of Lararus from the dead is a precursor to the Resurrection of Our Lord. Being raised from the dead is a reality not known by man. Once dead, always dead. Only the Apostles were able to raise the dead after Jesus's Ascension. We know that Lazarus died again after the Resurrection. He experienced physical death twice. So why this event before the Crucifixion of Jesus? We find the answer in the dialogue between Martha and Jesus. The faith of Martha is the real focus of the Gospel. "Lord, had you been here Lazarus would never have died", says Martha to Jesus. Jesus then tells her that he will rise, in the Resurrection of the Just. Jesus then says that HE IS the Resurrection and the Life. He asks if Martha believes this. She says Yes! Once Jesus received Martha's faith, He then proceeds to raise her brother from the tomb. We see here, as we did in the woman at the well, that Jesus hungers for our faith in Him. It is essential for us to give our faith to Jesus. This is what Lent is all about for us. Strengthen by Lenten graces, we grow in our faith and surrender it back to Our Lord. So, be strong in your faith.

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

March 22, 2009

My Dear People,

Why are so many people in the dark? John's Gospel tells us that it is because people prefer evil works over good works. When Jesus came into the world, He entered as the LIGHT of the world. People chose works of darkness over deeds of light. Therefore, they plunged further into darkness to avoid the light. On the verge of another great depression, many walk about the world as if nothing is wrong. Who would have thought that even ten years ago people would become so indifferent to homosexuality, abortion, cloning, and other deeds of darkness...and to elect an administration that daily promotes DEATH over LIFE? Just as Moses came down off the mountain to deliver God's JUSTICE, so too will we experience the same in our lifetime. God will not allow such deeds to continue. Prepare to walk again in God's light. Go to confession, pray the Rosary daily, come under the Holy Mantle of Our Lady. The time is at hand. Behold, Our Lord stands at the DOOR!

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

March 15, 2009

My Dear People,

The Ten Commandments were never meant to be the "10 suggestions". They are not optional. God the Father intended for us to remain in the "safe zone" while walking in His Presence. As long as we obey Him, we never run the risk of moving too far from His Divine Will. God loves us. He longs for us. God constantly protects us. Like good and holy parents, God longs for us to return back home to be with Him for all eternity. Lent is a great time to seriously examine our consciences. A good and holy Confession cleans the soul and heals the heart. Please do not let this Lent pass without making your Easter duty. Jesus waits for you in the Confessional.

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

March 8, 2009

My Dear People,

The Transfiguration is a central event the proceeds the death of Jesus on Calvary. The scandal of the Holy Cross would have been too much for the Holy Apostles had not they received the grace to see Our Lord "transfigured". It was a sneak preview of Jesus' Resurrection and Ascension. "His clothes became dazzling white, such as no bleacher could bleach them." God the Father went on to repeat His message that He gave at Jesus' Baptism... "This is my beloved Son, Listen to Him!" Jesus was completing His three year mission. What was begun in the Jordan River was completed at the Transfiguration. Jesus forbade the Holy Apostles to discuss the event until after the Resurrection. At that time, they did not understand "what to rise from dead" meant. They then treasured this event in their hearts.

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

March 1, 2009

My Dear People,

Why would Jesus be tempted by Satan? What would be the point? Jesus is God. Our Lord chose to be tempted for our sake. Just as He took on our sin when He was crucified, so too He was tempted for us in the desert. He was among wild beasts. he was tempted, and withstood temptation. All three temptations He endured, are the same temptations the devil attacks us with during Lent. Grace is what sustains us. Jesus knows what we need even before we ask. He is our ultimate source of grace. When we call upon the Holy Name of the Lord, He hears and answers us. This Lent, deepen your prayer. Pray often. Come to know the One who created you, loves you, and sustains you. Come to the Adoration Chapel often during Lent. Jesus waits for you in the Tabernacle.

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


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