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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Pope Francis' Letter to the People of God, regarding sexual abuse in light of the outcome of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury.

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

Holy Week and Easter
April 18th, Holy Thursday, 7PM
April 19th, Good Friday, Stations at 3PM, Passion at 6PM
April 20th, Holy Saturday. Easter Vigil 8:30PM
April 21st, Easter Sunday, 6:15AM (Sunrise Mass outside), 8AM, 10AM

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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,

Jesus is asking for repentance from the people, so that they will always be ready. They will never know when they are going to die. This is the main reason behind what Jesus is saying in the Gospel today in regard to the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices, and the ones who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell.

The fact that these people died in this way does not mean that they were worse than others, for God does not always punish sinners in this life. All of us are sinners, meriting a much worse punishment than temporal misfortune: we merit eternal punishment; but Christ has come to atone for our sins, he has opened the gates of heaven.  We must repent of our sins; otherwise God will not free us from the punishment we deserve. “When you meet with suffering, the cross, your thought should be: what is this compared with what I deserve?”

Jesus tells us that, without Holy Baptism, no one will enter the Kingdom of Heaven (cf. Jn 3:5); and, elsewhere, that if we do not repent, we will all perish (Lk. 13:3). This is all easily understood. Ever since man sinned, all his senses rebel against reason; therefore, if we want the flesh to be controlled by the spirit and by reason, it must be mortified; if we do not want the body to be at war with the soul, it and all our senses need to be chastened; if we desire to go to God, the soul with all its faculties needs to be mortified: (St. John Mary Vianney, Selected Sermons, Ash Wednesday).

            Our Lord tells us that we need to produce plenty of fruit in keeping with the graces we have received (cf. Lk 12:48). But he also tells us that God waits patiently for this fruit to appear;  he does not want the death of the sinner;  he wants him to be converted and to live and, as St. Peter teaches, he is “forgiving towards you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Pet 3:9). But God’s clemency should not lead us to neglect our duties and become lazy and comfort-seeking, living sterile lives. He is merciful, but he is also just and he will punish failure to respond to his grace. So this is a time of Grace. Lent is a time of grace

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

 APRIL 1st—Monday.  DOV Life Planning Seminar, 10AM-12:30PM, Social Hall. RCIA, 6:30PM, Social Hall. SVdP Meeting, 7PM, Social Hall. 

APRIL 2nd—Tuesday. Prayer Group, 7:00PM, Social Hall. 

APRIL 3rd —Wednesday. Choir Practice, 3:45, Church. Confirmation Class, 6:30PM, Social Hall. 

APRIL 4th—Thursday. Eucharistic Adoration, 10am—5pm, Chapel. CCW Membership Meeting, 10AM. Social Hall

SAFE Environment Training, 6PM-8PM, Social Hall. 

APRIL 5th—Friday. Stations of the Cross after 9AM Mass, Church. Rosary Makers & Kraft Korner, 10AM-1PM, Social Hall.

“The Way of the Cross in Pictures & Song” by Roger Grenier, 5PM, Church. Soup Social, 6PM, Social Hall. Soup Supper

APRIL 6th—Saturday. SAFE Environment Training, 9-11AM, Social Hall. 

APRIL 8th—Monday.  RCIA, 6:30PM,   Social Hall. 

APRIL 9th—Tuesday. Prayer Group, 7:00PM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7:30PM, Social Hall. 


Way of the Cross April 5th

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March 26th. "The culture of appearance, which leads us to live for passing things, is a great deception. Because it is like a flaring blaze: once it is over, only ashes remain." (Pope on Twitter)

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3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852