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

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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, 

The next five weeks, we will read the six chapters of John which deal with the famous discourse of the bread of life. This is the chapter which clearly emphasizes the importance of the Eucharist, and the doctrine of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Today we have the very memorable passage of John where Jesus fed the five thousand people from five barley loaves and two fish.  This miracle is the foreshadowing of the Eucharist. As Jesus said as the heavenly Father gave manna in the desert I will give you living bread. As Jesus took care of the physical needs of the people in the desert how much more will Jesus take care of our spiritual needs? For this reason Jesus speaks about the living bread, which is found in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. There is the main teaching of Jesus in regard the Eucharist.  When Jesus took the barley loaves and the fish, gave thanks, and distributed them. The Eucharistic reference here is obvious. These are the same words which are used during the consecration. The one verb that here is not contained is broke it.  This happened at the last supper to indicate that Jesus was going to be broken and sacrificed for us. Jesus took the loaves of bread: This connects with Jesus taking flesh and with Jesus taking the loaf of bread at the last supper. Jesus took flesh to be broken for us. Bread is useless unless it is broken so that we can eat it. The next phrase is gave thanks. Jesus is thankful that his mission is accomplished. The word Eucharist is a Greek word which means to give thanks. When we come to church we come to give thanks. The next word is distributed. Jesus distributed the 5 loaves of bread so that everyone had enough to eat. Jesus distributes, that is, he gives himself to us so that we have enough to eat, meaning we have enough so that it can bring us salvation and spiritual health. Jesus is willing to give himself up for us.

Once again, the crowds were overwhelmed by Jesus, following him to the other side of the lake to witness his exceptional power. They were not disappointed. They now recognize him as more than a wonder-worker. He is the long-awaited prophet like Moses, the one who will usher the messianic age. Jesus uses this opportunity to speak about Living Bread. He compares this to the manna that their forefathers ate in the desert.  Jesus says he who eats this bread will live.  Jesus of course was speaking about the soul. This bread (The Eucharist) brings life to the soul.

In the first reading, we read of how Elisha trusted that the twenty barley loaves that the man from Bal-shalishah brought were more than sufficient to give to the people to eat, even though the number of people was much greater than twenty barley loaves could feed. Yet Elisha was a man of God, and he believed that God would provide sufficient bread for all those people. The result was that there was bread left over. This reminds us that when we rely on the grace of God, God gives to us in abundance. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente


Upcoming Events


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. 

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

AUGUST 8th—Wednesday. Quinceañera class, 4PM. Social Hall. 

AUGUST 9th—Thursday. Eucharistic  Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel. Grief Support, 2PM, Social Hall. Eucharistic  Adoration, 10AM-5PM, Chapel.


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