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 - 9:00 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
We are up to $46K, but we still have a long way to go!
If you have not yet fulfilled your obligation, please take an envelope in the church vestibule!
month of August - Faith Formation registration, RCIA registration
August 15- September 9th - SOCIAL HALL CLOSED DUE TO ROOF REPLACEMENT
September 4th - Winter Mass schedule begins! Masses will be at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
September 8th - Grief Support group, 2 p.m. Meeting at Elsie's house
September 9th - Messengers of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m. in the Chapel
September 11th - Faith Formation registration in the Chapel after Masses
September 13th - Health Ministry Meeting 10 a.m. Healthy Aging
September 14th - Youth Group registration and first day 6:30 p.m.
September 18th - Faith Formation begins
Message from Fr. Victor (translated from Spanish)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The society in which we live tends to produce a type of person who is selfish, hard-hearted, materialistic, short-sighted, and incapable of generosity. Sometimes even friendship and love are overwhelmed by self-interest and egotism.
Nevertheless, Jesus lived a different type of life. Whoever sincerely wishes to follow him is invited to also live a new and revolutionary life that goes against the "norm" we see all around us.
How are we not to feel uncomfortable and "called out" when we hear words like these? :
"When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment . . . But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
We are invited to act from an attitude of gratitude and with attention to the poor, which isn't typical. We are called to share without following the logic of those who always seek to cover their debts, who also think these actions humiliate the poor because they are always in debt to everyone else.
Jesus thinks about human relationships based on a new spirit of freedom, gratitude and brotherly love-- a spirit that contradicts normal behavior within the system, a system that always abandons the most defenseless.
As followers of Jesus, we must feel called to continue his style of living, even if it is done with small and humble gestures. This is our mission: introduce into history this new spirit of Jesus; which further contradicts the logic of greed and egotism because it doesn't bring about huge or immediate change. However, with our selfless actions, done freely and with love, we criticize the self-serving and calculated behavior that threatens healthy coexistence.
Those who continue to draw closer to Jesus know that this way of living appears absurd, uncomfortable and intolerable to the culture of the majority. But they also know that their small gestures point to a definitive salvation.
We would do well to ask ourselves sincerely what our aim is when we approach others: Do we seek to give or do we seek to receive?
May the Lord bless you,
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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