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 in Ordinary Time

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Mass Times

Saturday Vigil - 4:00 PM
Sunday (June through September) - 9:00 AM
Sunday (October through May) - 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)
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7:00 PM Vigil, 9:00 AM Morning

Dec. 24th, Family Vigil Mass at 5:30PM
Dec. 24th,Vigil Mass at 10:00PM
Dec. 25th, Masses at 8:00AM and 10:00AM

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 Fr. Vincent Clemente

Pastor, Fr. Vincent Clemente

Father Vincent came to the United States from Italy at the age of 15, where his family settled in the Cleveland, OH area. He has one sister. Father was ordained to the priesthood on May 8, 1976 and has previously served at St. Martha’s in Sarasota, FL and as pastor of St. Michael in Wauchula and St. Paul in Arcadia.

WELCOME, FATHER! We look forward to continued spiritual growth with you here at St. James!    

Fr. Victor Caviedes

Parochial vicar Fr. Victor Caviedes

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.


My Dear People,

Now we begin Sundays in ordinary time. This miracle at Cana links this Sunday with the feast of Epiphany and with Jesus’ Baptism—all are epiphanies of his glory, which    reveals Jesus as the Messiah.

In Jesus was fulfilled what the reading of Isaiah today. In the reading of Isaiah, this is known as third Isaiah: who, unlike the other Isaiah (chapters 1 to 59), shows hope for the people, “No more shall people call you “forsaken,” or your land “Desolate,” but you shall be called “My Delight,” and your land “Espoused.

The prophet was attempting to raise the morale of the people, in the hope that their efforts would be blessed.  Even if the result fell short of ideal, the efforts of the prophets may have borne fruit insofar as they inspired people to work at rebuilding their community.

This goes in conjunction with the beginning of Jesus ministry on which the readings of this time are focused.  The  miracle at Cana was at the beginning of Jesus ministry. This was the very first sign through which his disciples believed in him.  Up to this point Jesus had not done any miracle, which explains his reply to Mary, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” By hour Jesus was referring to his time of passion, death and resurrection.  Perhaps, Jesus felt, if he started his miracles, then his suffering and death would not be too far beyond.  The sign at Cana reveals Jesus as the Messiah, and as soon as he was revealed as the Messiah, people would start persecuting him, which would culminate to his passion and death. 

Mary is undaunted by this response and she is confident that Jesus would do this miracle. She told the waiters to do what Jesus would tell them.

At that time the wedding celebrations would last for quite some time, sometime even people passing through would join the celebration. Wine was regarded as an indispensable element in meals and to create a festive atmosphere.  Here Mary was assisting with the catering, which was how she realized they were running out of wine. 

In the gospel of John, Mary, the   Mother of Jesus-this is the title St. John gives her- appears only twice:  once here, and the other time on    Calvary.  Several analogies can be drawn between Cana and Calvary.  They are located at the beginning and at the end of Jesus’ public life, as if to show that Mary is present in everything that Jesus did. Her title—Mother—carries very special tones:  Mary acts as Jesus’ true Mother at these two points in which his divinity is being revealed.  Also, both episodes demonstrate Mary’s special solicitude towards everyone: in one case she intercedes when “the hour” has not yet come; in the other she offers the Father the redeeming death of her Son and accepts   the mission Jesus confers on her to be the Mother of all believers, who are represented on Calvary by the beloved disciple.   When Jesus says: “Woman, behold your son’, then to John ‘Behold your Mother’”. The word “woman”   instead of “Lady” or “madam” is a formal way of speaking.   On the cross the same word represents great affection and veneration.

Yours in Christ, 

Fr. Vincent Clemente



Upcoming Events

JANUARY 25th-26th -- Annual Trash and Treasure Sale. Friday and Saturday 8AM to 2PM.

Trash to Treasure sale

JANUARY 27th—Sunday. Faith Formation Resumes after 10AM Mass. 

JANUARY 28th—Monday. RCIA, 6:30PM, Social Hall. 

JANUARY 29th—Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, Knights of Columbus, 7:00PM, Social Hall. 

JANUARY 30th—Wednesday. Choir   practice, 3:45, Church. Confirmation    Classes, 6:30PM, Social Hall. 

JANUARY 31st—Thursday. Eucharistic Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel. 

FEBRUARY 1st—Friday. Rosary Makers, 10AM, Social Hall. 

FEBRUARY 6th & 7th—Wednesday and  Thursday. Bible Study Resumes. 

FEBRUARY 7th—Thursday. CCW Membership Meeting, 10AM, Social Hall. Blood Drive  9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

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 FEBRUARY 8th—Friday. Rosary Makers, 10AM, Social Hall. Messengers of Divine Mercy, 3PM, Social Hall.

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