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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Saturday Vigil - 4:00 PM
Sunday (June 9th through September) - 9:00 AM
Sunday (October through May) - 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM

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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

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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,

In the readings of today it shows that St. Paul is not cowed by persecution and physical suffering. He knows that his crisis is the prelude to abundant spiritual fruit, and in fact many people in this region do embrace the Gospel. Even though St. Luke records progress and success of the word of God, he also shows that its preachers certainly encounter the cross. The Gospel meets with acceptance everywhere—and with opposition. “Where there are many laurels,” St. Ambrose says, “There is fierce combat. It is good for you to have persecutors: that way you attain more rapid success in your enterprises.”

The apostles have no difficulty in pointing to events to show the disciples that suffering and difficulties form part of Christian living.

“Cross, toil, anguish: such will be your lot as long as you live. That was the way Christ went, and the disciple is not above his master” (J. Escrivà, The way, 699). “Each one of us has at some time or other experienced that serving Christ our Lord involves suffering and hardship; to deny this would imply that we had not yet found God.  Far from discouraging us, the difficulties we meet must spur us on to mature as Christians. This fight sanctifies us and gives effectiveness to our apostolic endeavoring.” (J. Escriva, Friends of God, 28,216).

The appointment of elders in each church means that certain Christians were entrusted with a ministry of government and religious worship by a liturgical rite of ordination. These have a share in the hierarchical and priestly ministry of the apostles, from whom their own ministry derives.

Vatican II teaches that the ministry of priests shares in the authority by which Christ himself builds up and sanctifies and rules his Body.  The ministerial office of priests is essential to the life of every Christian community, which draws its strength from the word of God and the sacraments. Their priesthood derives from our Lord and is essentially different from what is called the “priesthood common to all the faithful.”

A man becomes a priest of the New Testament through a special calling from God. The priestly life is a sublime vocation which cannot be delegated or transferred to anyone else. It is a lifelong vocation and means that one has to give himself entirely to God—and this he can do, with the help of grace, because “we do not claim back our gift once given. It cannot be that God, who gave us the impulse to say Yes, should now desire to hear us say No.

Yours in Christ,

 Fr. Vincent Clemente

MAY 23rd— Thursday. Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall. 

MAY 26th— Sunday. Blessing of Graduates during 10AM Mass. 

MAY 27th— Monday. Office closed for Memorial Day. Social Hall closed for cleaning, 7AM-noon. RCIA. 6:30PM, Social Hall. 

MAY 28th—Tuesday. Prayer Group, 7:00PM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7:30PM, Social Hall. 

MAY 29th—Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Confirmation class, 6:30PM, Social Hall.  

MAY 30th— Thursday. Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall. 

JUNE 2nd— Sunday. Fr. Vincent’s installation as pastor during the 10AM Mass, Bishop Frank Dewane presiding.

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May 22nd. "Every creature has a function, none is superfluous. The whole universe speaks the language of God's love, of His boundless affection for us: soil, water, mountains, everything is God's caress. #Biodiversity #LaudatoSì'" (Pope on Twitter)

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