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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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"God does not love us in word but in deed; not from “on high”, from far away, but “up close”, from within our flesh, because in Mary, the Word was made flesh, because in Christ's chest a heart of flesh continues to beat, it beats for each and every of us!" -  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, 

Jesus summons His disciples to be what God’s people were always meant to be--the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  

Salt was used to flavor and preserve food. By living the beatitudes, Jesus’ disciples became the salt of the earth and preserved goodness in the world. The disciple who does not embody the beatitudes is like salt that loses its taste: he is no longer good for anything.  

Similarly, the disciples were to be the light of the world.  In the Jewish tradition Israel was to be a light to the nations (Isa. 60:1-3; Bar. 4:2).  Jesus called His disciples to fulfill this role by living the beatitudes in such a way that the world “may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” 

Christians may ask: “What can I do to share God’s love in the world?” Christians are called to be the light to the world, and the world will be impacted for better or worse by the way we live our lives. When we as Christians fail to be saints, when we fail to live the beatitudes and be the light, the world suffers. But when we imitate Christ’s love, mercy, and generosity, the world will see our good deeds and glorify our heavenly Father (5:6). Though evil may still flourish in the face of saintly witness, we should always consider what good we can do to serve the coming of Christ’s kingdom in this world

St. John Chrysostom invites us to ponder what the world would be like if the entire Christian community lived in imitation of Christ. “Assuredly, there would be no heathen if 

we Christians took care to be what we ought to be; if we obeyed God’s precepts, if we bore injuries without retaliation, if, when cursed, we blessed our aggressor, if,  we rendered good for evil. For no man is so savage a wild beast that he would not run forthwith to the worship of true religion, if we saw all Christians acting as I said.”

In the first reading Isaiah tells us clearly we can be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. He tells us to share our bread (food) with the hungry; we are called to shelter the oppressed and homeless; clothe the naked, and not to turn back on our own. In other words, think of the needs of others before our own needs and our own justice. These are the same, what the Church has delineated as corporal acts of mercyWhat happens when we do them?  Isaiah has the answer in today’s first reading;

“Your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!” 

The light of the world comes from practicing what Isaiah said in today’s reading. Read and reflect on it. The Christians in the early church reflected on this teaching. They shared love where there was hatred and persecution. This made an impact on many pagans who used to say: See how they love one another.”  Such examples encouraged them to become Christians. 

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente


Upcoming Events

JANUARY 30th— Monday. RCIA, 6PM, Social Hall.

JANUARY 31st— Tuesday. Child. of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall. 

FEBRUARY 1st— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class, 6PM, Social Hall.

FEBRUARY 2nd—     Thursday. CCW Meeting, 10AM, Social Hall. All women of the parish are invited! A guest speaker from Advent Health Heart and Vascular Center will present a cardiology care update. Wear red! Legion of Mary, 1PM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall. 

FEBRUARY 3rd— Friday. Kraft Korner, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall.

FEBRUARY 5th— Sunday. Faith Formation, 11AM, Social Hall.

FEBRUARY 6th— Monday. St. Vincent de Paul, 3PM, Social Hall. RCIA, 6PM, Social Hall.