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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.


Covid-19 Guidelines

If you have a fever or flu like symptoms, please do not enter Church

You can read updates from the Diocese of Venice as they become available here.

You are invited to share in the Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane from the Catholic Center each day at 9:15 a.m. at: https://www.facebook.com/DioceseofVenice/. (Note, you do not need a Facebook account to view the Mass.) Also, the Mass is accessible on the homepage of the Diocese website at www.dioceseofvenice.org.

Please look to official sources like the World Health Organization, the CDC and the Florida Department of Health for ongoing details regarding Covid-19. Thank you.

You can see the Pope's Prayer to the Virgin Mary regarding Covid-19 here.

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"The mercy of God, who has made us brothers and sisters, calls us to be builders of harmony and peace." -  The Pope on Twitter

Mass Times

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

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, 

Thank you to everyone for wishing me a Happy Birthday and for coming to my 75th Birthday celebration. May God bless everyone!

The readings today deal with how people squander their gifts from God and take advantage of others for selfish gains. In the first reading, Amos reminds the people of how they have acted against God and toward self interest by cheating on transactions, by fixing scales, by buying the poor with a pair of sandals. They have totally abused their power. This parallels the Gospel where the steward, seeing that the master takes his time in returning, takes advantage of the servants, squanders the master’s money, and continues to live a life of selfish gratification without any sense of responsibility for the property of the master. He is dishonest and he is only interested in himself. The people of Israel ignored the words of the prophet Amos and, as a result, the kingdom of Israel, which contained the ten tribes, disappeared from the face of the earth. Assyria conquered Israel and deported the Israelites to regions of Assyria and brought in people from other regions so there was an intermingling of marriages, and therefore they would not have the power to rise again.  

This Gospel is part of the chapter that speaks to the right use of material possessions by Jesus’ followers. The parable, unique to Luke, encourages prudence and resolute action on the part of the disciples. 

The steward was prudent in thinking of himself, even though he cheated his landlord. 

The point that Jesus makes is that his followers should be equally prudent when responding to him and to his demand for repentance. They would thereby earn an eternal home in Heaven; Jesus was concerned because “the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light” (16:8).

After this application of the parable, the gospel gives several independent sayings of Jesus concerning the use of wealth.  Jesus wants his followers to use money to assist the needy and thereby assure their salvation (16:19). Daily fidelity is also expected of Christians (16:10-12). In this situation he calls wealth “dishonest” (16:9) because it often leads human beings to put wealth before God.  Jesus says one must choose between God and mammon (16:13). Mammon is personified as a false god attracting persons away from the true and only God. Jesus demands that we serve God, an honorable activity for every person, and not mammon, an enslaving and degrading activity. Saint Paul speaks of a greedy person, for example, as an idolater (Ephesians 5:5). Let us be accountable for how we use the gifts of God, both temporal and spiritual. 

Yours in Christ, 

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 27th— Tuesday. Child. of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7PM, Social Hall

SEPTEMBER 28th— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class, 6PM, Social Hall.

SEPTEMBER 29th— Thursday. Legion of Mary, 1PM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 2nd— Sunday. Faith     Formation, after 10AM Mass, Social Hall.  

OCTOBER 3rd— Monday. St Vincent de Paul, 3PM, Social Hall. RCIA, 6-7:30PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 4th— Tuesday. Child. of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 5th— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class, 6PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 6th— Thursday. CCW Meeting, 10AM, Social Hall. Legion of Mary, 1PM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 7th— Friday, Kraft Korner, 10AM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 9th— Sunday. Faith Formation, after 10AM Mass, Social Hall. Women’s Emmaus, 2PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 10th— Monday. Office closed. RCIA, 6-7:30PM, Social Hall.