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
WeShare Online Giving
Our CFA Progress - $52K of $84K
If you have not yet fulfilled your obligation, please take an envelope in the church vestibule!
September 21st - Choir practice begins 4:30 pm
September 25th - Faith Formation begins after 10 am Mass
September 28th - Youth Group registration and first day 6:30 pm
September 28th/29th - Bible Study begins (Wed 10am, Thurs 7pm)
September 29th - CCW of Lake Placid meeting, 10 am
October - Respect Life Month
Pro-life Stations of the Cross, after Daily Mass Fridays in October
Oct 2nd - Prayer Chain for Life, 2 pm Bank of America parking lot
Message from Fr. Victor
Message from Fr. Victor (translated from Spanish)
Dear brothers and sisters:
In the message of today's Gospel, Jesus challenges us to rethink our lives; whoever listens to the Gospel is invited to a radically new way of understanding, an ultimate paradigm shift in our decision-making and our behavior.
It is difficult to remain indifferent to the words of Jesus, at least if one continues to believe in the possibility of becoming a better person each day. It's hard not to feel uncomfortable, even sick, hearing words like these spoken by Jesus: "You cannot serve God and money."
It is impossible to be loyal to a God who is the Father of us all and at the same time live as a slave to money and self-interest. There is only one way to live as a "child" of God, and that is to live as a "brother/sister" of everyone else. He who lives only to serve himself and money cannot at the same time take care of his brothers and sisters, and, as a result, cannot be a loyal child of God.
Whoever takes seriously Jesus' words knows he cannot build his life around the egotistic goal of amassing possessions. He who lives dominated by economic interests, even if his life is pious and correct, is lacking an essential element of being Christian: that is, breaking away from the slavery of wealth that robs one of the ability to hear and respond to the needs of the poor.
There is no other alternative. And don't fool yourself thinking you are "poor in spirit" in your heart, because he who is poor in spirit does not continue happily enjoying his goods while right beside him are needs that are far more pressing, even basic.
We cannot also deceive ourselves thinking that "the rich" are always somebody else. Economic difficulties and immigration issues make it difficult to find well-paying jobs and obligate us to revise our presumptions to be able to help those who have been without work or who are struggling.
It would be a good test to discover if we serve God or money.
Fr. Victor Caviedes
Pope Francis' Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
And have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
The adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
Your loving gaze made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
"If you knew the gift of God!"
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
Who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
Let the Church be your visible face in the world and your instrument of mercy.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
In order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
Let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
So that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
And may your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, bring good news to the poor,
Proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
And restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of You, Lord Jesus
Through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Mercy,
You who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit
For ever and ever. Amen.
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Sept. 19th: "Serving is the way that mission is carried out, the only way to be a disciple of Jesus."
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9:30 am to 12:00 noon
3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852