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 9th 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

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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  in 1999 by Bishop Nevins. Fr Victor came to St. James in December of 2015 from St. Catherine Parish in Sebring.




My Dear People,

Jesus continues the focus on his coming: I have come to set the earth on fire.  This fire is different from what Elijah called down from heaven (9:54-55); 2 Kings 1:10). It is associated with a Baptism that Jesus still must receive: the words “fire” and “baptism” are emphasized in the Greek text as the first words in the two parallel sentences. John the Baptist had prophesied regarding one who was “coming” who would “baptize…with the holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16). The combination here of fire and baptism therefore looks forward to Jesus’ sending the tongues of fire at Pentecost, when the disciples will be baptized—that is, filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5). In the Father’s plan, this is the fire that will come down from heaven which Jesus longs to be blazing. Before the Spirit can be given in this way, however, Jesus must suffer “baptism” of his passion and death, to fulfill the Scriptures. Having set his face toward Jerusalem, Jesus is hard-pressed with this mission until it is accomplished.

John the Baptist, however, had also warned of a punishment by “fire” (3:9-17). The image thus signifies the judgment as well that will occur at the Son of Man’s coming (see 17:29:30).

These two different aspects—giving of the Spirit and judgment—are not surprising since Jesus must come as a sign of contradiction. He comes offering peace to those who accept it, but since some reject that offer, he brings division. This division will even affect household relationships: father and son, mother and daughter, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. Such was foretold by the prophet Micah:

For the son belittles his father, the daughter rises up against her mother. The daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and your enemies are members of your household. (Micah 7:6).

However, after description of family strife, the prophet goes on to describe Israel’s regathering and restoration in Micah 7:12-15). Jesus thus foretells that there will be a time of tribulation in which Israel is divided over him. This will be followed by a time of restoration at his second coming (see Acts 1:6; 3:18-21; Rom. 11:17, 25-26). Jesus’ words also apply to people of every nation.  In choosing to follow Jesus, disciples must be willing to bear with the divisions that may result among family and friends who do not share their commitment.

We notice in the first reading of how people did not want to heed the message of God through the prophet Jeremiah. They intended to kill Jeremiah, they threw him into a cistern, however the cistern was dry. Eventually he was pulled out before he died.  The same conflict will occur in many situations. There will be people who will respond to the call of the Gospel; they will repent and they will make a commitment to follow the Gospel. However, even people in the same family will not want to make a commitment. That would not normally pose a problem, however, when it comes in terms of faith, those who follow Christ and those who don’t are opposed. Those who don’t are threatened by those who respond to Christ, and they want the rest of the family to stop the commitment that they have made to follow Christ.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

 AUGUST 21st—Wednesday.Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Teen Faith Formation Registration, 6:30-8:30PM Social Hall. 

AUGUST 22nd— Thursday. Blood Drive, 9AM-1PM, Social Hall parking lot. Adoration, 10AM-3PM, Chapel. Bible Study, 7PM Social Hall. 

AUGUST 24th— Saturday. (No line dancing due to Funeral Reception) 

AUGUST 26th— Monday. Social Hall closed for cleaning, 7AM-noon. 

AUGUST 27th—Tuesday. Prayer Group, 7:00PM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7:30PM, Social Hall. 

AUGUST 28th—Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Children’s Faith Formation Registration, 6:30-8:30PM, Social Hall. 

AUGUST 29th— Thursday. Adoration, 10AM-3PM, Chapel. Bible Study, 7PM Social Hall. 

AUGUST 31st— Saturday. Line Dancing class, 10AM to 12PM, Social Hall.  

SEPTEMBER 2nd— Monday. Social Hall closed for cleaning, 7AM-noon. 

SEPTEMBER 3rd—Tuesday. Prayer Group, 7:00PM, Social Hall. 

SEPTEMBER 4th—Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class Starts, 6:30-8:30PM, Social Hall. 

SEPTEMBER 5th— Thursday. CCW Membership Meeting, 10AM Social Hall. Adoration, 10AM-3PM, Chapel. Bible Study, 7PM Social Hall. 

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August 21st."It takes more strength to repair than to build, to start anew than to begin, to be reconciled than to get along. This is the strength that God gives us." (Pope on Twitter)

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