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.


2nd Sunday of Advent


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Mass Times

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)
Holy Days
7:00 PM Vigil, 9:00 AM Morning

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Our priests

Fr. Anthonio Jean and Fr. Victor Caviedes

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.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events    

Dec. 3 5pm - Messengers of Divine Mercy Movie Night, social hall

Dec. 8th - Holy Day-- The Immaculate Conception (7PM Vigil, 9AM Holy Day)

Dec. 20th - Advent Penitential Service 5:30PM

Christmas Masses

Dec. 24th Family Mass: 5:30PM Vigil: 9:00PM

Dec. 25th 8:00AM, 10:00AM 



Welcome back to YOU ALL!

I was so happy last two weekends to see many of our winter parishioners back among us once again, and I was also pleased to see some new members joining our faith community. To our seasonal members back to our parish and to those who are new to our parish Community we extend a heartfelt welcome. Also to those of you who have been here constantly to keep Saint James Parish moving forward, we commend you and thank you.

Whether you are new, seasonal, or yearlong parishioners we hope that we will help each other to have a deeper faith, a stronger desire to serve God, and a proven commitment to work together to build up the kingdom of God!

If you are Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Cantor, Lectors, Teachers, Ushers, or Altar Servers we would appreciate your help while you are here. And if you are not yet involved and are willing to be, please contact the parish office for more details. When it comes to the Church no one can do everything, but we all have a little something we can offer to enhance the life of the parish and to bless each other’s lives.

No parish can function effectively without the help and the dedication of people like you. We want to express our gratitude for the numerous hours given by so many of you. Please step up in helping to make Saint James Church a place where all are WELCOME to join us to pray, to put our faith in action more, and to use our gifts to love and serve better.

We look forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have. In the meantime, please look through the resources we have made available on our website. 

Keep us in your prayers just as we will always keep you in ours!

May God’s blessing always come before you and follow after you!

Staff of Saint James Church,

Fr Victor Caviedes and Fr. Anthonio JEAN, Administrator

Here we are again for another ADVENT!

After the feast of the Solemnity of Christ the King, we begin the season of Advent and a new year in the life of the church, which is year A. Advent is a time of wonderful blessings and renewal. It requires, of course, our own personal commitment and investment. In every phase of our lives we observe annual celebrations to mark those things that we value the most; birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. This year we are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to prepare our homes and our hearts anew for the coming of our Savior. God’s love revealed to us in the Incarnation is not a once-off event that happened many years ago. It is an on-going growth and development within the heart of every Christian. It is the result of God’s offer and of our acceptance. God’s offer is constantly perpetual and enduring; therefore our acceptance must be the same in order to share in His divine nature. Today it is not just a question of preparing for Jesus’ Second Coming at the end of time. Rather, it is a question of welcoming Him in the now of our lives, listening to Him, just as Mary and Joseph did. It is a deeply personal decision and it must be true and very real.

We are now beginning a four-week period of preparation for Christmas. On that first Christmas night, many hearts and many homes were closed to Him. We are now given yet one more opportunity to declare where we stand. We prepare for Christmas in so many ways. There is a lot of time and money that goes into that preparation. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as we remember that ‘Jesus is the reason for the Season’. Beginning this week, we will travel once again the road that leads to Bethlehem and open the way to our salvation. There is always something new to learn and experience about God’s mysterious landing in our midst. Like all who believe let us be open; like the shepherds let us keep watch; like the angels let us sing praise; like the magi let us follow the star for our own restoration and our personal transformation.

May your advent be fruitful and gracious!



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3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852