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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 must wear a mask before entering Church
  • Please let Ushers take you to your seats
  • Please maintain social distancing – Individual or Family Groups space 6 feet apart in pew.
  • Please stay behind blue line when receiving Communion
  • Communion will be received “in hand” only
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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Mass Times

Saturday Vigil - 4:00 PM
Sunday (June 9th 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

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, 

We continue the readings of Mark’s Gospel dealing with the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  In last week’s gospel, Jesus performed the first exorcism. This is directly followed by the first physical healing—another visible manifestation of the presence of the kingdom. The Gospels explain illness being closely related to demonic oppression as part of the condition of fallen humanity, and a sign of Satan’s domination over human beings, from which Jesus came to liberate all of us (See Matt. 12:22; Mark 9:20, 25; Luke 13:16). 

After the synagogue service, Jesus enters the house of Simon and Andrew. Archeologists have unearthed the probable remains of this house near the synagogue in Capernaum under the ruins of an ancient church that was built over the site. The house consists of a cluster of small rooms built of basalt rock surrounding an open courtyard that was probably shared by the extended family. Now that the disciples have committed themselves to share the life and destiny of Jesus, they enter the homes and take an interest in the intimate concerns of family life.  Simon’s mother-in-law is bedridden with fever probably caused by malaria, which would be life-threatening. The severity of the illness is shown by the woman’s inability to carry out the demands of hospitality for her honored guest. The disciples respond and immediately tell Jesus about it without knowing what He is going to do. Jesus’ healings often involve physical contact with the patient, usually a personal and consoling touch. In this case, He grasped the mother’s  hand and helped her up (literally “raised her up,” the same word used for his own resurrection, 16:6). This woman’s recovery from illness is a foreshadowing of the resurrection on the last day (12:24-26). Her immediate reaction is a model of discipleship. She waited on and served them.  The Greek verb, diakoneò, later becomes a standard term for Christian ministry (Acts 6:2), from which we derive the word “deacon.”  It is what Jesus himself said He came to do: “not to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45). The right response to an experience of Jesus’ healing power is to begin to extend oneself in service to Him and His disciples, that is, to the Church.  

The first exorcism and first healing sparks the first gathering of crowds around Jesus. He is now a public figure, sought after by all who labor under the debilitating effects of sin. The people wait until after sunset because of  Sabbath regulations prohibiting carrying over of burdens. In Jewish reckoning, the day begins at sunset (Gen 1:5.; Lev 23:32), so the sabbath runs from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.   The people seek Jesus’ help for their most basic, practical needs—health for themselves and their loved ones—and He responds without a hint of reproach.   The work of healing, in all its senses, is at the heart of his messianic mission. The Greek verb for cured, is the root of the word therapy, and often implies treating or taking care of the sick.  The implication may be that Jesus spent time ministering tenderly to each afflicted person.

“Many” does not imply that some were not healed, but simply that a large number is involved. 

The exorcism in the synagogue earlier that day (1:27) was the start of a bellowing rout, as the demons flee helplessly before Jesus’ command. Again, He forbids them to speak, because they would disclose His identity and at an inopportune time and in the wrong way. 

For Mark, healing and casting out demons are of central importance in Jesus’ ministry. They serve as his audiovisual aids, making the presence of the kingdom real and perceptible, and as such they are inseparably linked to the proclamation of the gospel, both for Jesus and for his disciples (6:12-13; 16:15-18). Jesus calls himself the physician (2:17) and His mission is to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10; see John 3:17; 12:47).          

 Yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

Parish Events are cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Holy Week Schedule



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Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis smiling

February 16th. This haste, this everything right now, does not come from God. If we get worked up about the right now, we forget what remains forever: we follow the passing clouds and lose sight of the sky. (Pope on Twitter)