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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.


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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

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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, 

The Readings today have to do with mountain experiences. Abraham was told by God to go up Mt. Moriah and offer his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. Obediently, Abraham prepared the altar. But God intervened and said to him: “Do not do the least thing to Isaac. I know how devoted you are to God.” Abraham looked about and saw a ram caught by his horns in the thicket and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son. God then promised Abraham: “since you did not withhold from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore.”

By undergoing the test which God presented, Abraham attains perfection. And he is now in position for God to reaffirm in a solemn way the promise He made previously. The sacrifice of Isaac has features which make it a figure of the redemptive sacrifice of Christ. Thus, there is the father giving up his son and the son who surrenders to His father’s will with the tools of sacrifice such as a knife, an altar, and the wood (a heavy load) that Isaac himself carried up the mountain.   

The account reaches climax by revealing through Abraham’s obedience and Isaac’s non-resistance, God’s blessing will reach all the nations of the earth. It is not surprising that the Jewish traditions should attribute a certain redemptive value to Isaac’s submissiveness, and those in authority see this episode as prefiguring the passion of Christ, the only Son of the Father, who was sacrificed on Mt. Moriah in the same place where Abrahm was called to sacrifice his son. 

Making an implicit comparison in God’s love, it is written (Rom 8:32), “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also give us all things with Him?  

Some see the ram as a prefigurement of Jesus Christ insofar as, like Christ, the ram was immolated in order to save man. In this sense, St. Ambrose wrote: “Whom does the ram represent, if not Him of whom it is written? He has raised up a horn for His people” (Ps. 148:14). Christ is the He whom Abraham saw in the sacrifice. It was His passion he saw. Thus, our Lord Himself says of Abraham: “your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad’ (Jn. 8:56).

 Scripture says: Abraham called the name of that place ‘The Lord will provide,’ so that today one can say, the Lord appeared on the mount!  That is, He appeared to Abraham revealing His future passion in His body, whereby He redeemed the world; and sharing, at the same time, the nature of His passion when He caused him to see the ram suspended by his horns.  The thicket stands for the scaffold of the cross

In the Gospel we deal with Jesus being transfigured also on a high mountain.  Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a mountain with Him. The mountain in Jewish scripture means that something important connected with God is going to happen. Indeed, it does happen!  The three Apostles see Jesus in His glory, the fulfillment of the law represented by Moses, and the prophets, represented by Elijah; that the fulfillment was going to be in Jerusalem, where Jesus was heading. The three Apostles are awe-struck at this realization, and of course to witness Jesus in his Glory. As God spoke to Abraham not to harm the child, so in this case, God speaks to these three Apostles and tells them: “This is my beloved son, listen to Him.”

[passages taken from the Navarre Bible, and from Reflections on the Sunday Reading for year B by Dr. John Bergsma]

Blessings in Jesus Name, 

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 20th— Tuesday. Child. of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall. Josiah Manifesto DVD II, 3:30-5PM, Social Hall.

FEBRUARY 21st— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class, 6PM, Social Hall.

FEBRUARY 22nd— Thursday. Josiah Manifesto DVD II, 3:30-5PM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall.

FEBRUARY 23rd— Friday. Josiah Manifesto DVD II, 5-6:30PM, Social Hall. Lenten Soup & Stations of the Cross, 6PM, Social Hall.

FEBRUARY 25th— Sunday. Faith Formation, 11AM, Social Hall.

FEBRUARY 26th— Monday. Legion of Mary, 10AM, Social Hall. Josiah Manifesto DVD III, 2-3:30PM, Social Hall. RCIA, 6PM, Social Hall.

FEBRUARY 27th— Tuesday. Child. of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall. Josiah Manifesto DVD IV, 3:30-5PM, Social Hall. KOC Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity, 7PM, Social Hall.

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

FEBRUARY 29th— Thursday. Josiah Manifesto DVD III, 3:30-5PM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM, Social Hall. 

MARCH 1st— Friday. Kraft Korner, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall. Lenten Soup & Stations of the Cross, 6PM, Social Hall.