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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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 we see Jesus telling his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem to suffer, to be killed, and on the third day be raised. It was a shocking and unexpected piece of information for Peter and the others to accept. But to make things even worse Jesus added that those who want to follow Him must also be willing to take their cross and to sacrifice their own desires, their own egos, even their own lives.
What Jesus says we must do to follow Him sounds so contradictory to the way we would want to live our lives. We think that security comes by collecting as much as we can. We think that dominance and accomplishment is the path to glory; we think that self-preservation is the highest value of ourselves. Jesus wants to remind us that when our primary goal is to accumulate things and protect ourselves we lose what is essential.
Today Jesus offers us sacrificial love as the antidote to the poison of self-indulgence, self-praising, and self-protection. Instead of living for ourselves, we must live for others; instead of seeing our abundance as something to be stored and protected at all cost, we must see them as an opportunity bless other people’s lives; instead of becoming non-stop collectors of things we must become non-stop distributors of God’s love and blessings. Jesus teaches us that it is in giving that we receive. When we act with heart and love, we will discover that those we see as competitors, enemies, or potential treats to avoid are neighbors and friends to love and serve.
Our lives are not measured by the number of days we survive but by the number of days that we thrive through loving actions; not by the accumulation of possessions but by the way we use them to bring joy to others.
At the end of the day, we all have a choice to make. Which path will we travel through life? Jesus says in Mark 8:36 and Matthew 16:26, “What good will it be for a person to gain the whole world and yet forfeit their soul”?
Today we can follow the path of Jesus, a way of emptying and service, of generosity and self-sacrifice. Our instinct is to run away from suffering. But we always forget that it is though suffering that our joy and salvation came. Jesus never says that following Him would be easy or without suffering. But He simply says this is the right path that leads to eternal life.
Let us continue our journey as we remember this striking phrase in John's gospel, "You will have sorrow, but your sorrow will turn into joy" (16:20). Your joy will somehow be born out of the heart of your sorrow.
Today I invite you all to keep faith no matter what and fight the good fight with the Lord and follow His way.
May God bless you all!
Fr Anthonio JEAN
your humble servant
September 6th - First day of Youth Group, Wednesday, 6:30-8PM. Social Hall.
September 7th - Blood Drive. Thursday 9AM to 1PM. Social Hall parking lot.
September 8th - Messengers of Divine Mercy, Friday 3PM, Chapel. CANCELLED
September 10th - Faith Formation begins. Sunday right after Mass. Social Hall. CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA
September 11th - Opening and Welcome for RCIA. Monday, 7PM. Social Hall
September 16th/17th - Sign up for Bible Study after all Masses.
September 20th - Choir Rehearsal begins. Wednesday, 4PM in the Church.
September 23rd, 5pm - Parish Spaghetti dinner, social hall
Fourth Saturday of the month after the 4 o'clock Mass in the social hall.
September 27th/28th - First Day of Bible Study. Wednesday 10am, Thursday 7PM. Social Hall.
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September 4th: "Jesus is present in so many of our brothers and sisters who suffer today like He did."
9:30 am to 12 noon
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
9:30 am to 12:00 noon
3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852