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 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.


Spiritual Message

My Dear People, 

When Jesus sent the apostles two by two, he told them to bring no provision. That is, they were not to bring a thing that they needed. Why would Jesus send the apostles this way? Jesus requires them to be free of any form of attachment if they are to preach the Gospel. A disciple, who has the mission of bringing the kingdom of God to souls through preaching should not rely on human resources but on God’s providence. Whatever he does need to live with dignity as herald of the Gospel, he must obtain from those who benefit from his preaching, for the laborer deserves his maintenance. The preacher should so trust in God that he is convinced that he will have everything he needs to support life, even if he cannot himself obtain it; for he should not neglect eternal things through worrying about temporal things. This is what St. Bede said. By these instructions the Lord did not mean that the evangelists should not seek to live in any other way than by depending on what was offered them by those to whom they preached the Gospel; otherwise this very apostle [St. Paul] would have acted contrary to this precept when he earned his living by the labors of his own hands, said St. Augustine.  

The apostles were on a mission to search for the lost people of the house of Israel. They were to go with urgency, trusting in the Holy Spirit that they would be guided. They were not to bring even a second tunic. They were to be able to find a place to stay and someone to take care of all their needs. Jesus preached the gospel the same way. When someone wanted to follow Him, Jesus told him the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. In addition, he did not have any material possessions except the clothes that he had with him.  The apostles relying on the Holy Spirit for everything was practice for what was to come, when they eventually would be preaching the good news without relying on Jesus, instead concentrating on the message of salvation.  Francis of Assisi, when he read this passage, adopted this style for his Order. He was so inspired by this passage and by the sense of poverty and detachment that he came to be known as “il poverello” the poor one. Like the apostles, he did not want any material possession to be a hindrance in preaching the gospel.  In that sense he and his followers were so effective in preaching the gospel and gave such a great example with their life that many came and followed him. He renewed the church. Today we need inspirational people, such as Francis and his followers, who are willing to give up everything to renew the church. Even if we do not give up everything, at least we can give an example with our daily lives.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente



JULY 19th—Thursday. Eucharistic   Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel. 

JULY 24th—Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus Meeting, 7:30PM, Social Hall.

JULY 25th—Wednesday. Social Hall Calendar meeting for Ministry Leaders, 1PM, Social Hall.

Quinceañera class, 4PM. Social Hall.

Feast of St. James celebration. Santiago Apostol Mission Church, 6:30PM.

JULY 26th—Thursday. Eucharistic   Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel.

JULY 31st—Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM,

AUGUST 1st—Wednesday. Quinceañera class, 4PM. Social Hall.

AUGUST 2nd—Thursday. Blood Drive, 9am-2pm, Social Hall Parking Lot.

Eucharistic  Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel.


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