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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Our CFA Progress - $52K of $84K
If you have not yet fulfilled your obligation, please take an envelope in the church vestibule!
October - Respect Life Month
Pro-life Stations of the Cross, after Daily Mass Fridays in October
Oct 20th 9am: Mass intention for Margaret Moriarity Genovese followed by interment of ashes in the St. James Memorial Garden
Oct 22nd 10am: Memorial Mass for James Joseph Gallagher
Oct 22nd after 4pm Mass: Celebration of Anniversaries of Ordination for Fr. Anthonio and Fr. Victor, social hall
All Saint's Day (Holy Day of Obligation)
Oct 31st 7pm Vigil Mass
Nov 1st 9:00am
All Soul's Day
Mass of Remembrance 9:00am November 2nd
Message from Fr. Victor
Message from Fr. Victor (translated from Spanish):
Brothers and sisters,
This Sunday's parable is short and easy to understand. In the scene there are two people who live in the same city. On one side is the "judge" who lacks two characteristics which in Israel were considered basic human traits-- he didn't fear God, and he didn't care about others. Consequently, he is a man who is deaf to the voice of God and indifferent to the suffering of the poor and oppressed.
One the other side we have the "widow" who is a single woman, alone, deprived of a husband to protect her, with no social support or status. In the Biblical tradition, these "widows" are, along with orphans and immigrants, symbols of the most vulnerable. The poorest of the poor.
The woman has nothing else to do but pressure the judge, over and over again, to reclaim her rights without resigning herself to the abuses of her "adversary." Her entire life becomes a shout, "Give me justice!"
For a while, the judge does nothing. He doesn't let her move him; he doesn't want to respond to her incessant demands. Later, he reflects and decides to act. Not out of compassion or for justice. Simply to end the annoyances lest they eventually grow to something bigger.
If a judge as miserable and selfish as this one can finally bring justice to this widow, God, who is a compassionate Father, will attend his most defenseless. Will there not be justice for God's chosen ones, who call out to him day and night?
The parable contains above all a message of faith. The poor are not abandoned to their own luck. God is not deaf to their cries. One may have hope. His eventual intervention is assured. But, will He take too long?
That's the disturbing question of the gospel. We have to have faith; we have to call upon God without stopping and without growing tired; we must call out to him to bring justice to those whom no one else defends. But "when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the Earth?"
Is our cry to God asking for justice for the poor of the world, or have we substituted it for another, full of our own desires? Does the clamor of our liturgy resound for those who suffer or for the improvement and security of our own wellbeing?
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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Oct. 17th: "May nothing keep you from growing in friendship with God."
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12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
9:30 am to 12:00 noon
3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852