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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

November 30, 2008

My Dear People,

The Advent Wreath is a holy reminder of how we are to become the light of Christ. All four candles represents a Sunday in Advent. As we journey toward the birth of Christ, we are to allow Christ to increase in us. At the Manger, we present ourselves to Him. Christ's Light then becomes one of us. At no other time in the history of the United States, have we so desperately needed Christ's LIGHT. SO many people have lost their way. Jesus is the only WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIGHT. Mark's Gospel tells us this Sunday to be sober and alert. We are to be on the watch. When we have a hunger for the Lord, we long to see His face. Christ then comes to bring us His Light. Hunger for Christ this Advent season. Share Christ's light with one another. 

May we prepare for Christ's coming as faithful servants doing the work God has intended us to do.

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

November 23, 2008

My Dear People,

The Feast of Christ the King concludes our liturgical season every year. "When the son of Man comes in all of His Glory, and the Angels with Him, He will sit upon His glorious throne with all the nations before Him." What a great and awesome day we look forward to when Jesus reigns over all the Earth. To the faithful ones He will say, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father!" Who would not want to hear these words from the mouth of Our Good Shepherd? But what makes us His Sheep? Doing the works of the Father is what makes us His own little ones. Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Comfort the sick. Correct the lost. Pray for the dead. Both the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy are what marks us as the Father's children. St. James tells us what good is our faith without good works. At the beginning of Advent, make a resolution to perform works of Mercy, so that the Father may be glorified through you. At Thanksgiving, bring canned goods for the hungry. At Christmas, take a St. Vincent de Paul ornament and reach out to the needy in our area. Use your SVDP envelopes often throughout the year. Bring socks for the homeless. Pray for the lost in our nation. Be gentle with your neighbor. These activities mark us as God's little ones. Let your faith shine...

May we Christ in one another and in all those who need our love and car.

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

November 16, 2008

My Dear People,

What are the "end of days" in Sacred Scripture? Many of the readings on the final few Sundays of the year address the issue of the end of time. this is not the same as the end of the world. Jesus says that in "those days" many will abandon the practice of their faith. Great divisions will arise in the Church. Public figures will announce that "they" are the Messiah. There will be wars and rumors of wars, but it is not the end. Like a woman in labor, ready to give birth, the world will undergo great stress. Sudden and swift disaster will overtake them. They will not escape. But the time will be cut short for the sake of the "remnant faithful". St. John says that satan will be bound in chains, and placed in the lowest part of Hell. Then comes the time of Great Peace. All of this must take place first before the very end, according to Our Lord. Only the Father in Heaven knows the day and hour. So be "sober and alert". May the Master find you ready when He returns. We are not of night or the darkness, but we are children of the light. Pray to be ready and prepared for the coming of that day.

May we use our talents wisely, always striving hear Our Lord whisper to us "Well done, My Good and Faithful Servant. Come, Share your Master's Joy."

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

November 9, 2008

My Dear People,

"Zeal for your House consumes Me." This is Jesus's statement after overturning the money changer's tables in the Temple.  We all believe God to be a God of Divine Mercy. It is true. We don't want to believe that He is also a God of Divine Justice. Mercy and Justice go hand in hand. Justice begins where Mercy ends. In the Old Testament, God was often Merciful and Compassionate with His people. However, after allowing for a period of conversion, when not seized, He allowed the consequences of sin to reign. What Mercy did not consume, Justice did. We are all responsible for our actions; both individually and corporately. When a nation murders innocent children in the womb, as a matter of national policy; when every form of the deadly sins runs rampant, and when God's Law is ignored and forgotten; it is then that Mercy turns to Justice. Read the Sacred Scriptures. Come to know the Lord as He is revealed to us in the Holy Bible. Pray for the conversion of all sinners. Know that the Just hand of God is near. Continue to convert your hearts and minds to Him. Repent and believe in the Good News. Jesus has taken all of our sins upon His Holy Cross. By His holy wounds we have been healed.

May we come to know the Lord of the Scriptures, in our minds and hearts.

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

November 2, 2008 (All Souls Day)

My Dear People,

Why do we pray for those who have died? Ever since the beginning of the Church, it was believed that the dead needed prayers for their purification. Any unrepented sin on a soul at the moment of death, prevents a soul from entering into God's Eternal Light. There are no SHADOWS in Heaven. All darkness must be purged before coming into eternity with Our Lord. Souls in the state of being "purified", cannot pray for themselves. That is left up to the Church "militant" or in other words, all of us. Each year on All Souls Day, we remember all who have died during the past year. The greatest prayer of the Church is Holy Mass. So please have masses said for your family members who have died. Offer your daily purification. When you and I arrive in Purgatory after we die, we will be most happy for all those we have prayed for while we were still alive. Then, they begin to pray for us. Poor souls never forget those who have prayed for them. In return they pray for all of us. Pray, Pray, Pray for poor souls.

May we always remember those who have died in our Masses and Prayers.

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


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