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.



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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)
Holy Days
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, 

             Today we begin the Season of Advent and the New Liturgical Calendar year. All of the readings for Sundays will be taken from the Cycle “C”.

             The prophet Jeremiah speaks about the Lord fulfilling his promise that he made to the house of Judah. The prophet deals with the future of the Davidic dynasty, and presents another version of Jeremiah’s prediction of a future Davidic Messiah. Catholic tradition sees Israel as a symbol of the Church. In fact, in the Book of Revelation the Church triumphant is called the New Jerusalem. Therefore, by applying this passage to the Church, the sufferings the Holy City experiences can symbolize the contradictions the pilgrim Church will experience due to the sins of men, for “she herself takes her place among the creatures which groan and travail yet and await the revelation of the children of God.” (Lumen Gentium, 48)

            The reading emphasizes a certain alertness and readiness. This is how our lives should be at all times. The Gospel today tells us to “Be on guard lest your spirit become bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldy cares.” It is a constant reminder that we must have constant vigilance spiritually and not allow ourselves to become morally lax. The day will close in on us like a trap. We will not know the day nor the hour in which we will have to render and account of our lives. There will be no warning that this going to happen.

            Many are not vigilant spiritually, but give themselves to the cares of this world and lose sight of the care of their souls. When they have to render an account of their lives, they will have no one to blame but themselves.

            Advent is a time of warning for us to be spiritually prepared and alert! 

Yours in Christ,   Fr. Vincent Clemente


Upcoming Events

DECEMBER 4th—Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 5th—Wednesday. Choir practice, 3:45, Church. Confirmation classes, 6:30PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 6th—Thursday, Eucharistic Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel. Advent Series from Institute for Catholic Studies, 7PM, Social Hall.

DECEMBER 7th—Friday. Immaculate Conception Vigil Mass, 7PM, Church. 

DECEMBER 8th—Saturday, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

  • 7:00-9:00AM     Prayer for Life, Rosary and Adoration hosted by Respect Life Ministry
  • 9:00AM             Mass
  • 10:00AM           Coffee and Donuts in the Social Hall hosted by the Messengers of Divine Mercy. 
  • 5:00PM             Lake Placid Christmas Parade

DECEMBER 9th—Sunday. RCIA Rites of Acceptance and Welcoming, 10AM Mass. Women’s Emmaus Meeting, 2PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 10th—Monday, RCIA, 7PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 11th—Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7:30PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 12th—Wednesday. Choir practice, 3:45, Church. Confirmation classes, 6:30PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 13th—Thursday, Eucharistic Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel. Grief Support, 2PM, Social Hall. Advent Series from Institute for Catholic Studies, 7PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 14th—Friday. Messengers of Divine Mercy, 3PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 15th—Saturday, Parish Cookie Exchange, 1-4PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 16th—Sunday. Men’s Emmaus Meeting, 2PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 17th—Monday, RCIA, 7PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 18th—Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM, Social Hall.






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Dec. 4th. "This Advent, make yourself small, make yourself humble, make yourself a servant of others, and the Lord will give you the ability to understand how to make peace."

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3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852