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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: office1@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


Sept 27, 2009 - 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

There is an accountability for everyone of our sins; even sins confessed and absolved. Impossible for us to achieve, Jesus is the only one who can save us from our sins. Mark's Gospel reminds us that giving scandal is a very serious sin, especially public scandal. Politicians who are Catholic, and support abortion, cloning, and so called "mercy killing" of the elderly, commit grave public sin and grave public scandal. Archbishop Burke recently reminded all bishops that politicians who have given such scandal, without the benefit of "public conversion and penance" should not receive a Catholic burial; so serious is the sin. Condoning this sin through such a public display, gives the faithful grave scandal on the part of the clergy. Sin is sin. God's forgiveness is real and needed, but we should never condone public sin directly or indirectly. It is God's Law, not man's. Pray for all of our politicians who daily give scandal to the Catholic Church by their direct support and funding of abortion, cloning and mercy killing of the elderly. We live in very dark times. This does not excuse us from being accountable to one another, no matter what our place and status is in this world.

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

Remembering that we will be judged by what we do for the least among us. May we give generously and joyfully to support all those in need.

Sept 20, 2009 - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

"Who among you is the greatest?" This was the topic of discussion among the Holy 
Apostles. There was jealousy among the Twelve as to who was the most important. Jesus pulls them aside, and explains that the Apostles must be humble and simple. "Unless you become like a little child, you will not enter into God's Kingdom." We are to be servants of Our Lord. Jesus stresses the need for service at the Last Supper, when He washes the feet of all of the Apostles. Jealousy, strife, and gossip cannot be part of the Body of Christ. Jesus was teaching the Apostles to show charity and compassion towards one another. In giving this witness to the other disciples, the Apostles were setting the stage for all Christian communities rooted in Our Lord. We must take seriously the call of Jesus in our lives to become His servants. Like the Twelve, we must put aside all selfishness and strife, and strive to become unselfish. Only through Christ, can this conversion take place in our lives. When Stanley Villavicencio comes to give us his witness at the end of the month, he will tell us first hand what our own judgment will be like before Our Lord. Every thought, word, action and deed are recorded in the Book of Life. How will your final judgment be before the Christ?

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

Through our service and our sacrifice may we grow closer to Jesus and help others to know the love and care of Our Lord.

Sept 13, 2009 - 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Human reason is definitely not the same as Divine reason. Peter's reasoning led him to the conclusion that Jesus need not suffer at the hands of the Jews. Sternly, Our Lord rebukes Peter, and tells him that he is thinking like Satan does. To be sure, Peter's feelings and pride were injured in the exchange. Correctly teaching the Disciples, Jesus tells the crowd that we must all take up our crosses daily, and follow in His footsteps. Anything short of that, falls in Satan's realm. We can either submit to Our Lord's Divine Will, or be taken in by Satan's will. The choice is ours. We either struggle to follow Jesus everyday, or we fall into the plans of the devil. This is why Jesus was so strict with Peter. Peter's warning is our warning. Especially in this age, when the sin of abortion encroaches upon the life of the sick and elderly with "assisted suicide" part of the new "health care reform", won't be long before everyone is caught in Satan's web of deceit. Pray to follow Jesus and Jesus alone. Pray for an end to murder in the womb. Pray for an end to assisted suicide. Pray for the total conversion of our country. We need to move out of Satan's realm, into Our Divine Savior's realm. We must choose in favor our Jesus Christ. His WAY...is the only way.

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

Remembering that absolutely everything we have is a gift from God, may we willingly share our gifts in ways that are pleasing to our Heavenly Father.

Sept 6, 2009 - 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear People,

Throughout the Gospels, we find the healing power of Jesus making whole all that were sick. Mark tells us in His Gospel, that Jesus healed the deaf and mute man. First, He placed His finger in the man's ears. Then He prayed "Ephaphatha"... be opened. Immediately, the man was healed. His speech impediment was also cured. All healing, large and small, comes from Our Lord. We are privileged to receive healing from Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist. When our souls are free from serious sin, we receive healing from our reception of Jesus in Holy Communion. Just as Jesus healed in His day, so too does He heal today. But we must be open to accept this great gift. Spending time before Our Eucharistic Lord, and frequent confession combine to keep us healthy in our body, mind, and spirit. Go to confession often. Make visits to the Blessed Sacrament often. And enjoy the beautiful healing that flows from Jesus' Most Sacred Heart. Come share in the healing power of the Eucharist.

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

May we grow rich in our faith, realizing that God does not measure us by what we possess, but rather by the mercy we show to another.

 

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