As members of the Body of Christ, the parish of St. James, Lake Placid, Florida proclaims our belief in the message and mission of Jesus Christ."Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Matt 28:19-20)
With God's Grace, the example of Jesus, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we seek to live out that belief as a community of worship, of shared faith and of service where each member shares with others the gifts and talents received from God.
Saturday Vigil - 4:00 PM
Sunday - 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM
Weekdays (M - F) - 9:00 AM
First Saturday of Every Month
9:00 AM (with Anointing of the Sick)
7:00 PM Vigil, 9:00 AM Morning
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Administrator Fr. Anthonio Jean (right) and parochial vicar Fr. Victor Caviedes
Fr. Anthonio Jean was born in Haiti, moved to the U.S. in 1998 and was ordained a priest in 1999 by Bishop Nevins in Venice, FL. He has a Masters degree in Spirituality from the Catholic University of America. Fr. Jean speaks several languages, including English, French and Spanish, and plays "a little" guitar. He came to St. James in November 2015 from Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles in Bradenton after serving at several parishes in the Diocese of Venice.
Fr. Victor Caviedes was born in Peru. After studying in Peru and Spain (he has a degree in Social Psychology and a doctorate in Philosophy), he moved to the U.S. in 1997 and was ordained along with Fr. Anthonio in 1999 by Bishop Nevins. Fr Victor came to St. James in December of 2015 from St. Catherine Parish in Sebring.
Message from Fr. Anthonio
Today’s message is focused on the end of the world. In this regard, Jesus clearly reminds us to remain prepared, alert, and always be on guard for we do not know the time of the end of the world. Then He uses the parable of the ten wise and foolish virgins to teach us that we cannot count on people to do everything for us. People around us may be a blessing to us in so many ways, but there are certain things in life like keeping watch and preparing for the Lord’s return they cannot do for us. We can teach one another, we can encourage one another, we can be inspired by one another, but at the end of the day we shape and choose our own destiny.
Character cannot be transferred or borrowed but it must be built by ourselves. It is the same way when it comes to our spiritual lives. Today’s gospel invites us not to be foolish, lazy, and complacent like the foolish virgins in the gospel. But we must prepare in living a faithful life so that the Lord will recognize us when He comes.
The fate of the foolish virgins depends on them and on them alone. They were not prepared, they were late when the Lord came. They expected the wise virgins to do the preparations for them. No one can keep watch and prepare for us, but we must prepare for ourselves. To prepare and keep watch is a personal decision that we make because it cannot be shared, cannot be borrowed, and cannot be inherited. And that decision must be a daily conviction and choice. Some people pretend to know the time but remember what Jesus says in Scriptures, Matthew 24:36-44; Mark 13:32-37; Luke 17:26-37, “No one knows the time for the end of the world except his Father”. In view of this mystery, all that we can do is to prepare ourselves for this eventuality that will surely come for all of us.
To prepare ourselves, we need to always pray and listen to Him through the scripture and the signs so that we can know God’s will. We need to keep watch and be ready not with fear and trembling, but with great faith, joy, and gladness. We need to avoid worldly things and store up in our hearts spiritual things so that we can resist the great time of wait and distress. We need to repent and always seek peace and reconciliation with loved ones. We need to always improve our relationship with God and with each other, do our very best and each day choose Him and recommit ourselves to Him.
This is what I think we all should do to prepare, do it for yourself.
Your Humble servant, Fr. Anthonio JEAN
NOVEMBER —Food Drive. All month.
NOVEMBER 19th—Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner. Sunday 2-5PM. Social Hall.
NOVEMBER 20th—Televised Mass Tapings. Monday,10:30AM and 11:15AM.
NOVEMBER 23rd—Thanksgiving Mass, Thursday, 9AM in the Main Church.
NOVEMBER 28th—Health Ministry Meeting. Tuesday, 10AM. Social Hall,
DECEMBER 2ND/3RD—Bethlehem Christian Families. All Masses.
DECEMBER 4TH—SVdP Meeting. Monday 7PM. Social Hall.
DECEMBER 8TH— Messengers of Divine Mercy sponsor coffee and donuts after the 9AM Holy Day Mass. Friday, Social Hall.
DECEMBER 14TH—Grief Support. Thursday 2PM. Social Hall.
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3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852