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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 3 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, 

Jesus declares, “I am the good shepherd” and reveals how to make this life overflowing and abundant. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  We should appreciate how startling this statement is. What shepherd would sacrifice his own life? And yet this is what Jesus says He does for His sheep—for us.  Whereas the thief seeks personal gain at the sheep’s expense, the good shepherd does the opposite; he allows himself to be harmed for the sheep’s gain. 

This is precisely what makes the shepherd “good.”  The Greek translation literally reads “noble shepherd.”  This expression captures the heroic and praiseworthy dimensions of Jesus’ action.  Jesus makes a free, voluntary gift of His life on the cross, through which his sheep come to receive life in abundance. His self-sacrificial love is the defining standard for all disciples of Jesus, and especially for those appointed to be the shepherds of His flock. 

Jesus contrasts the good shepherd with the hired man. Unlike the good shepherd, who “calls his own sheep by name,”  the hired man is not a shepherd and his sheep are not his own. His relationship to the flock is mercenary. Thus, the good shepherd and the hired man act differently in face of danger to the flock. The danger comes from the wolf, the typical threat to sheep. The principal opponent of Jesus is the devil; he is “the ruler of this world [who] will be driven out” (12:31) when Jesus lays down his life.  Christian tradition has likewise interpreted the wolf (10:12) as the devil, the enemy who seeks the complete ruin of humanity. When confronted with the threat, the hired man abandons the sheep, and the wolf catches and scatters them. The hired man is a self-centered coward who works only for pay and is not concerned for the sheep. The good shepherd, however, is selfless and courageous because he lays down his life for his own sheep.

The personal relationship between the good shepherd and his sheep has mystical depths. Jesus compares the mutual knowing of shepherd and sheep (I know mine and mine know me) to the mutual knowing within God (just as the Father knows me and I know the Father). From all eternity, the Father gives all that He is to the Son (5:26) and “shows Him everything” (5:20). The Son, who alone has seen and knows the Father, does His work in the world; (see Matt 11:25-37).  The relationship of Father and son is one of unity (10:30) and eternal love (5:20; 17:24), which is the most radical selfless-giving (3:35; 17:10).  Similarly, Jesus knows his disciples in the most personal and intimate way. He will lay down his life for the sheep in an act of perfect love and draw them into communion with Himself and thus with the Father. 

Jesus’ disciples include more than His present band. There are other sheep that do not belong to this fold. “Other sheep” refers, in a general way, to later generations of believers (20:29-31), who are in great measure, Gentiles, gathered to the God of Israel through faith in Jesus. Jesus will lead these sheep and, just like the present flock, which listens and follows, these future believers will hear His voice.  Before His passion begins, Jesus prays for these future believers: “those who will believe in me through the word, so that they may all be one” (17:20-21).  In both John 10 and 17, the end result is the same: the unity of believers gathered together with Jesus, the shepherd (one shepherd) and with each other (one flock). 

Jesus says, This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life. The point is not that the Father’s love for Jesus is the consequence of Jesus’ giving his life, (as if the Father would not love Him if He did not give His life.) Rather, the self-giving love of Jesus, manifested in His laying down His life for the sheep, illustrates the Father’s love (see 3:16-17).  But the cross, in itself, does not constitute the totality of His saving work.  Jesus lays down His life in order to take it up again. His self-gift does not end in death but in the glorified life of the resurrection, of which He gives believers a share (6: 39-40). 

Jesus’ giving of His life on the cross is a perfect gift: I lay it down.  No one forces Jesus into the cross or takes His life from Him.  His statement, I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again, refers to God’s sovereign power over life and death, which the Father and the Son both have (5:21-22,26). Since Jesus has the power of God, He has the power to overcome His own death in the resurrection. 

Yours in Christ

Fr. Vincent Clemente  

Upcoming Events

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

  • The Knights of Columbus will begin the 2nd Annual Local Food Drive, to benefit the Manna Ministry, on Tuesday May 11. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the St. James Catholic Church Parish Center on every Tuesday and Wednesday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Items can also be left in the St. James Church vestibule before weekend masses. Contact: 715-456-9326




Lent begins

Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis smiling

April 20th. For God, you are that little coin that the Lord seeks without pause. He wants to tell you that you are precious and unique in His eyes. No one can take your place in the heart of God. (Pope on Twitter)