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)
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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 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,

In the First Book of Kings, Elijah goes to Zarephath to a widow, and even though she had nothing, she baked a cake for him. She thought that she and her son would die because it had not rained for a long time, and they had no more food. But because of her generosity towards the prophet Elijah, she was blessed, and her jar of flour did not go empty. Neither did her jug of oil run dry until the Lord sent rain on the earth. 

The miracle of the multiplication of the oil and flour, and the raising back to life of a widow’s only son are the second and third accounts of acts of the Lord’s power through Elijah. He has already caused the drought; Ahab’s sin brought suffering for the people of Israel. Elijah’s fidelity brings nourishment, as does the woman’s faith.   Here we observe that the faith of the widow made a huge difference.  During the time of drought, Elijah went to no one but to the widow in Zarephath.  He remained with her the whole time the drought was in Israel.

The faith of this widow made a difference. Because of her faith, she was chosen by the prophet Elijah. Similarly, Jesus observes the widow who places only pennies into the temple treasury, and He remarks that she gave more than the rest.  Why? She gave from her means, meanwhile, even though others gave a much greater amount, they gave from their surplus. The value of the offering lies more in the upright intention and generosity of spirit than in the quantity one gives. What you give is not as important as the intention behind the giving. 

St. Francis de Sales comments:  “Now as amongst the treasures of the temple, the poor widow's mite was much esteemed, and as indeed, by the addition of many little pieces treasures become great, and their value increases, so the least little good works, even though performed somewhat coldly, and not according to the whole extent of the charity which is in us, are agreeable to God, and esteemed by him; in such sort that though of themselves they cannot cause any increase in the existing love, being of less force than it, yet the divine Providence, counting, and out of his goodness, valuing them, forthwith rewards them with increase of charity for the present, and assigns to them a greater heavenly glory for the future.”  (Treatise of love of God,  book 3, chap 2)

 Sincerely yours,

Fr. Vincent Clemente


Upcoming Events


NOVEMBER 12th—Monday. RCIA. 7PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 13th—Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7:30PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 14th—Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Holy Land Presentation, 12PM, Social Hall. Choir practice, 3:45, Church. Confirmation classes, 6:30PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 18th— Sunday. Men’s Emmaus Group, 2PM, Social Hall. Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service, First Presbyterian Church of Lake Placid, 7PM. 

NOVEMBER 19th—Monday. RCIA. 7PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 20th—Tuesday. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 21st—Wednesday. Choir practice, 3:45, Church. 

NOVEMBER 22nd—Thursday, Eucharistic Adoration, 8AM—9AM, Thanksgiving Mass, 9AM, Church. Office Closed

NOVEMBER 23rd— Friday,  Office Closed

NOVEMBER 24th & 25th— Saturday & Sunday. Bethlehem Christian Families selling items from the Holy Land after Masses. 

NOVEMBER 26th—Monday. RCIA. 7PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 27th—Tuesday. Health    Ministry Meeting, “Nutrition,” 10AM, Social Hall. Spirit & Light Prayer Group, 7PM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus,7:30PM, Social Hall.



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