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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.

 

Pope Francis on Twitter

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"Let us #PrayTogether for the tormented Ukrainian people and for Palestine, for Israel, and for the many peoples torn apart by war. Let us think of the huge amount of suffering; let us think of the wounded, innocent children." -  The Pope on Twitter
 
 
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Mass Times

MASS TIMES:
Weekends
Summer Mass Schedule (June - September)
Saturday Vigil 4 PM
Sunday 9 AM
Winter Mass Schedule (October - May)
Saturday Vigil 4 PM
Sunday 8 AM and 10 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

Office Hours - For emergencies call 863-465-3215

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 am to 12 noon
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Wednesday
9:00 am to 12:00 noon

3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852

 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. Felix Gonzalez

Parochial vicar Fr. Felix Gonzalez

Fr. Felix Gonzalez, our newest parochial vicar, was born in Venezuela on September 18, 1953. He studied philosophy in Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies and theology at the Seminary “Santa Rosa de Lima,” Caracas, Venezuela. He was ordained on July 18th, 1981 at the .Archdiocese of Barquisimeto. He came to the United States 20 years ago and studied monastic spirituality in Worcester, MA and worked in different parishes in the Archdiocese of New York— Manhattan and the Bronx. During those years he studied in IONA College and graduated with a Masters in Science, majoring in pastoral counseling. After serving St. Leo for almost two and a half years, he is happy to embark on this new part of his spiritual journey.

 

Our commitment to a Safe Environment

As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of minors and vulnerable adults. St. James adheres to the Diocese of Venice's Safe Environment program. To learn more, visit: https://dioceseofvenice.org/offices/programs/safeenvironment/

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

 

My Dear People of God,

The doctrine of the Trinity means there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Stated differently, God is one and three in person. These definitions express three crucial truths: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons, each Person is fully God. There is only one God.

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons. Are these just three different ways of looking at God or simply ways of referring to three different roles that God plays? The answer must be no because the Bible also indicates that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons. For example, since the Father sent the Son into the world, He cannot be the same person as the Son. Likewise, after the Son returned to the Father, the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit into the world. Therefore, the Holy Spirit must be distinct from the Father and the Son.

In the baptism of Jesus, we see the Father speaking from heaven and the Spirit descending from heaven in the form of a dove as Jesus comes out of the water, affirming that Jesus is God; and, at the same time, that He was “with God,” thereby indicating that Jesus is a distinct Person from God the Father. We see also that although there is a close unity between the three persons, the Holy Spirit is also distinct from the Father and the Son.

The fact that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons means, in other words, that the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. Jesus is God, but He is not the Father or the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, but He is not the Son or the Father. They are different Persons, and not three different ways of looking at God.

Often it is suggested: “If Jesus is God, then He must have prayed to Himself while He was on earth.” But the answer to this objection lies in simply applying what we have already seen. While Jesus and the Father are both God, they are different Persons. Thus, Jesus prayed to God the Father without praying to Himself. In fact, it is precisely the continuing dialogue between the Father and the Son that furnishes the best evidence that they are distinct Persons with distinct centers of consciousness.

The Holy Spirit is a person just as the Father and the Son are. The fact that the Holy Spirit is a Person, not an impersonal force (like gravity), is also shown by the fact that He speaks, reasons, thinks, understands, wills, feels, and gives personal fellowship. These are all qualities of personhood. Personhood of the Holy Spirit is distinct from the Personhood of the Son and the Father. They are three real persons, not three roles God plays.

While the three members of the Trinity are distinct, this does not mean that any is inferior to the other. Instead, they are all identical in attributes. They are equal in power, love, mercy, justice, holiness, knowledge, and all other qualities.

The Bible is clear that all three Persons are each one-hundred-percent God. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are each fully God. For example, Colossians 2:9 says of Christ, “in Him all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form.” We should not think of God as a “pie” cut into three pieces, each piece representing a Person. This would make each Person less than fully God and thus not God at all. The divine essence is not something that is divided between the three persons, but is fully in all three persons without being divided into “parts.”

If there is one passage which most clearly brings all of this together, it is Matthew 28:19: “Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” First, notice that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinguished as distinct Persons. We baptize in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Second, notice that each Person must be deity because they are all placed on the same level. In fact, would Jesus have us baptized in the name of a mere creature? Surely not. Therefore, each of the Persons into whose name we are to be baptized must be deity. Third, notice that although the three divine Persons are distinct, we are baptized into their name (singular), not names (plural). The three Persons are distinct, yet only constitute one name. This can only be if they share one essence.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente

 

Upcoming Events

MAY 20th— Monday. Legion of Mary, 10AM, Social Hall.

MAY 21st— Tuesday. Child. of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall.

MAY 22nd— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Life in the Spirit, 7PM-9PM.

MAY 23rd— Thursday. Chosen Series, 3PM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall.

MAY 26th— Sunday. Chosen Series, 4PM, Social Hall.

MAY 27th— Monday. Office Closed for Memorial Day. Legion of Mary, 10AM, Social Hall.

MAY 28th— Tuesday. Child. of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7PM, Social Hall.

MAY 29th— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall.

MAY 30th— Thursday. Meeting, Homebound Volunteers, 4-5PM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall. 

JUNE 1st— Saturday. Graduate Mass followed by dinner for graduates in the social hall for those who registered. 4PM. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall.

JUNE 2nd— Sunday. FIRST DAY OF SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE. THERE WILL BE 1 SUNDAY MASS AT 9AM. Chosen Series, 4PM, Social Hall.