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

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 Fr. Vincent Clemente

Welcome our new 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,

My Dear People,

Solomon was a great king, but what makes him more important was that he, having no special advantage of birth, chose to turn to God in prayerIn answer he received prudence, which is another word for wisdom. It is clear to Solomon that wisdom is another expression for “God”. He rates wisdom above everything else, nor gold, nor silver, nor even priceless gems.  He says that in comparison to wisdom gold is like a little sand, and silver is to be accounted for mire.  Solomon also realizes that all good things come together in her, including riches.

St Louis Marie DeMontfort says, “Eternal Wisdom is ever transcendent in beauty, by nature and loves everything that is good, especially the good that is man”.

Than he adds “That is why the Holy Spirit tells us that Wisdom is forever seeking throughout the world for souls worthy of him, and he fills these holy souls with his presence making them “friends of God and prophets,”

When divine Wisdom enters a soul, he brings all kinds of good things with him and bestows vast riches upon that soul.  As we read from Solomon’s own testimony.

In Chapter eight of Love of Eternal Wisdom St. Louis mentions some of the marvelous effects of Eternal Wisdom of those souls who possess him.

  1. Eternal Wisdom communicates his Spirit of enlightenment to the soul that possesses him.
  2. Wisdom gives humanity not only light to know the truth but also a remarkable power to impart it to others.
  3. Eternal Wisdom, besides being the object of the eternal Father’s delight, and the joy of the angels, is also the source of purest joy and consolation for the one who possess him. 
  4. When Eternal Wisdom communicates himself to a soul, he gives that soul all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and all the great virtues to an eminent degree.  They are: the Theological virtues—lively faith, firm hope, ardent charity and many others.
  5. Finally, as “nothing is more active than Wisdom,” he does not leave those who enjoy his friendship to languish in mediocrity and negligence.  He sets them on fire, inspiring them to undertake great things for the glory of God and salvations of souls.

As Solomon found out that Wisdom is much greater than riches of the earth, so we learn from the gospel, where Jesus who is the “Eternal Wisdom” tells the young man, “You are lacking one thing, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heavens;  then come, follow me.”  The one thing he was lacking was none other than Eternal Wisdom. Solomon received it through prayer and realizes its immeasurable value. St. Louis De Montfort wrote about it and he said that we should seek this Eternal Wisdom more than anything else. He also stated if we get it one hour before we die, it is well worth it.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

  Fr. Vincent Clemente


Upcoming Events

 OCTOBER 14th—Sunday. Children’s Faith Formation after 10AM Mass, Social Hall.

Women’s Emmaus, 2PM, Social Hall. 

OCTOBER 15th—Monday. RCIA. 7PM, Social Hall. 

OCTOBER 16th—Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM, Social Hall. 

OCTOBER 17th—Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall.

Choir practice, 3:45, Church.

Confirmation classes, 6PM, Social Hall.

 OCTOBER 18th—Thursday.

Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel.

Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall.   

OCTOBER 21st—Sunday. Children’s Faith Formation after 10AM Mass, Social Hall.

Men’s Emmaus, 2PM, Social Hall. 

OCTOBER 22nd—Monday. RCIA. 7PM, Social Hall.

Knights of Columbus, 7:30PM, Social Hall. 


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October 12th. "What is worse: the recognizable demon that pushes you to sin so that you feel ashamed, or the well-mannered demon that lives within you and possesses you with the spirit of worldliness?"

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3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852