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,

The Holy Family goes up to Jerusalem to fulfill the prescriptions of the Law of Moses—the purification and then redemption or buying back of the first born. According to Leviticus 12:2-8, a woman who bore a child was considered unclean. The period of legal impurity ended, in the case of a mother of a male child, after forty days with a rite of purification. Even though Mary did not need purification because the child was from virginal birth; she chose to submit herself to the Law—although she was under no obligation to do so.

Also, Exodus 13:2, 12-13 indicated that every first-born male belongs to God and must be set apart for the Lord, that is, dedicated to the service of God. However, once divine worship was received by the tribe of Levi, the first born who did not belong to that tribe were not dedicated to God’s service, and to show that they continued to be God’s special property—a rite of redemption was performed.

It is important to note that in Egypt the first-born male was dedicated to a pagan god, and this was something that definitively had influenced the    Hebrews, since they lived there for so many years. The tenth plague was this: the angel of death passes over the houses of the Hebrews because they had sacrificed a lamb and put its blood on the door posts. However, the first-born males in Egypt all died. (They had been offered to a pagan god). For that reason, the first-born males among the       Hebrews had to be dedicated to God. One of the punishments for the Hebrews by the rule of Egypt was for the midwives to kill the male children when they were born. 

Of those dedicating their first born to God, the Law also laid down that the Israelites would offer in   sacrifice some lesser victims—for example, a lamb or, if they were very poor, a pair of doves or two pigeons. Our Lord, who “though he was rich,” yet for our sake, became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich, chose to have a poor man’s offering made on his behalf. Mary and Joseph    offered to sacrifice two turtledoves.

Simeon, who is        described as a righteous and devout man, obedient to God’s will,      addresses himself to our Lord as a vassal or loyal servant who, having kept watch all his life in    expectation of the coming of his Lord, sees that this moment has now come, the moment that explains his whole life. When he takes the Child in his arms, he learns, not through any reasoning process but through a special grace from God, that this Child is the promised Messiah, the Consolation of Israel, the Light of the nations.

The canticle of Simeon highlights the fact that Christ brings redemption—something foretold in many Old Testament prophesies. It is easy to realize how extremely happy Simeon was—given that many patriarchs, prophets and kings of Israel had yearned to see the Messiah, yet did not see him, whereas he now held him in his arms. (LK. 10:24).

May you all have a Happy New Year.

Fr. Vincent Clemente



Upcoming Events


JANUARY 3rd—Thursday. Eucharistic Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel. CCW Membership Meeting, 10AM, Social hall. 

JANUARY 6th—Sunday. The Epiphany of the Lord! Gifts will be provided to all children attending the 8AM and 10AM Masses.

JANUARY 7th— Monday. RCIA & St. Vincent de Paul, 7PM, Social Hall. 

JANUARY 8th— Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7:30PM, Social Hall. 

JANUARY 9th—Wednesday. Choir practice, 3:45, Church. 

JANUARY 10th—Thursday. Eucharistic Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel. Grief Support, 2PM, Social Hall. 

JANUARY 11th—Friday.   Rosary Makers, 10AM, Social Hall. Messengers of Divine Mercy, 3PM, Social Hall. 

JANUARY 13th—Sunday. St. Vincent de Paul Commissioning Ceremony at 10AM Mass followed by coffee reception in the social hall. Women’s Emmaus, 2PM, Social Hall. 

JANUARY 14th-17th— Lifetouch Photos. Social Hall Closed. 

JANUARY 16th—Wednesday. Choir practice, 3:45, Church. 

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