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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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

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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  in 1999 by Bishop Nevins. Fr Victor came to St. James in December of 2015 from St. Catherine Parish in Sebring. 

My Dear People,

Jericho was located about seventeen miles northwest of Jerusalem and a mile south of its Old Testament counterpart.

Unique to Luke is a man whose name is given: Zacchaeus. In this town that was near the border between Roman-controlled Judea and Perea and on an east-west trade route, he worked as a chief tax collector, overseeing the collection of tolls and duties on transported goods. On account of his occupation and his collaboration with the Romans, he was a “sinner” (19:7) in people’s estimation. Nevertheless, readers of Luke by now are aware that even tax collectors can repent of their sins, as did the one in the recent parable (18:9-14). As to be expected, Zacchaeus was wealthy, further complicating his situation in the Gospel, especially since this word was just used to describe the rich official (18:23) and calls to mind Jesus’ warning about the rich (18:25). These two storylines—about tax collectors and the rich—now come together in this encounter, which also recalls the lessons from many other passages.

Zacchaeus must first overcome the challenge of a personal nature: he was short in stature. In this case, like in the case of the blind man, the crowd also made it difficult (18:36). Hence, the blind man “kept calling out” to get Jesus’ attention (18:39), and Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore tree. Zacchaeus is like the tax collector in the next parable, not only on account of his occupation but also because of his similar humble disposition (18:14).  He is not afraid to make a fool of himself for Jesus’ sake.

As Jesus did for the blind man, he stops for Zacchaeus, calling him by name and telling him to come down. His words indicate that this is no chance encounter but one that occurs by divine necessity in fulfillment of God’s plan.  Visiting Zacchaeus’s home is something he must do and the time to do it is today.

The appropriate way to respond to such a divine visitation is “in haste” –that is quickly. Abraham had similarly responded quickly after he welcomed divinely sent visitors (Gen 18:1-5). Zacchaeus, “a descendant of Abraham”, now imitates the patriarch’s hospitality. He receives Jesus, as also another Old Testament figure, Rahab the prostitute, “welcomed” the messengers sent from Joshua, in the same town, Jericho. Earlier in Luke, Martha had similarly “welcomed” Jesus (Luke 10:38). Moreover, this rich man welcomes him with joy, in contrast to the rich official who “became quite sad” in his encounter with Jesus (18:23).

Jesus goes to stay with Zacchaeus, as Joshua’s spies went to stay with Rahab. However, because Zacchaeus is known as a sinner, the onlookers in the crowd grumble, as did the Pharisees and scribes earlier when Jesus dealt with tax collectors. They are imitating Israel’s wilderness generation that grumbled against God and Moses.

Addressing Jesus as Lord like the blind man and like Abraham speaking to this special guest, Zacchaeus responds by resolving that from now on his life will change. From among his possessions, he will give to the poor—doing what the rich official was invited to do. Whatever is left he will use to repay those whom he has cheated, making restitution four times over, going well beyond what the law generally required. His resolution indicates the good fruits that he will produce as evidence of his repentance.

The final words of Jesus, which are addressed to him, indicate that what was lost—that is, Zacchaeus—has been found, like the “lost” sheep, coin, and son in the parables. Meeting Jesus the Savior thus marks a turning point in this chief tax collector’s life—as it did earlier for the tax collector Levi (5:27-32)—bringing salvation to his house. Hence, the example of Zacchaeus shows that it is “possible” even for “a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” and “be saved” (18:25-27)!  Such is the mission of the Son of Man, which explains why it was necessary for him to stay there today. Zacchaeus thought that he “was seeking” Jesus, but Jesus had come to seek him and save him. As Zechariah and Mary had prophesied, Jesus is the horn of salvation whom God has raised up within the house of David, to bring salvation, and show mercy to the descendants of Abraham.

In summary, what Jesus taught in the parable, he now teaches by his example. He is revealed as the shepherd who goes seeking the lost sheep. His words allude to and fulfill the shepherd prophecy in Ezekiel: “I will seek the lost” (Ezk. 34:16). And he is once again revealed as the kingly “Son of David: “I will set up over them one shepherd, the servant David” (EZK 34:23).

 Yours in Christ,

 Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

 Fall Happenings

 NOVEMBER 7th— Thursday. Thursday, Blood Drive. 9-1:30PM, Social Hall Parking Lot. CCW Membership Meeting, 10AM, Social Hall. Adoration, 10AM-3PM, Chapel. Bible Study, 8PM Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 8th— Friday. Messengers of Divine Mercy, 3PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 9th— Saturday. Line Dancing Class, 10AM-Noon, Social Hall. UNPLANNED Movie and dinner, After 4PM Mass, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 10th— Sunday. Women’s Emmaus, 2PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 11th— Monday. Hall Closed for Cleaning 7AM-Noon. Veteran’s Day Mass at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 3:00PM. RCIA, 7-9PM, Social Hall.

NOVEMBER 15th— Friday. Doo Wop party in the Social Hall. Music, Contests, Fun! Wear your favorite Doo Wop attire. 5PM to whenever! 

NOVEMBER 16th-17th—Knights of Columbus begin selling Christmas cards. Look for them after Masses. 

NOVEMBER 19th—Tuesday. Health Ministry presents Laugh Therapy hosted by Rhoda Ross. All welcome. Light refreshments served. 

NOVEMBER 23rd-24th—Saturday & Sunday. CCW Craft and Bake Sale. After weekend Masses. Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 24th—Sunday. Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service. St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, 43 Lake June Rd, Lake Placid, FL 33852 , 7:00PM. 

NOVEMBER 28th—Thursday. Adoration 8AM-9AM followed by Thanksgiving Day Mass, 9AM. 

Dear Parishioners,

We need your help.

The time is drawing close to meet our CFA commitment of $79,000. As of August 22nd we have a shortfall of $37,334.29. The parish must meet this payment by December 10th. 

If the commitment is not met by our members, the parish is responsible for the amount not met. As you can see from our financial reports, this deeply impacts St. James. Our budget is created from donations and offertory contributions and is responsible for maintaining our parish property, our ministries, our parish priests and our lay personnel.

If you are a previous donor and have not contributed to this year’s pledge, we ask that you do so before December 10th. Please remember to affix the label provided by the Diocese. This ensures your contribution will be credited to St. James. 

If you are a new donor, please use a separate envelope and turn it in with the offertory collection or place your donation in the offertory basket during the next second collection on October 27th. The office will forward the payment to the Diocese. 

We thank you for your contribution, no matter how big or small.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not  yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — St. Mother Teresa




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