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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.

 

important announcements

Masses have resumed! Vigil Mass will be on Saturdays at 4PM and Sundays at 8AM and 10AM. Please follow the guidelines below:

Return to Public Celebration of the Mass 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

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

Wednesday
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

In today’s Gospel Jesus is questioned about paying taxes to the Roman emperor. The issue was a hotly debated one in first-century Palestine where the imperial taxation of Judea was burdensome on the economy and deeply resented by Jews who longed for national independence.  Taxes were a painful reminder that God’s people were living under the heel of a foreign power. The Pharisees hope Jesus will admit to something that is either politically incriminating or personally discrediting.

The Evangelist informs us the Pharisees are up to no good.  Devising a trap to ensnare Jesus, the Pharisees team up with the Herodians.  The Herodians are political supporters of the Herodian dynasty and its cooperative relationship with Rome. To put it mildly, these two groups are neither friends nor allies of each other. The Pharisees are religious patriots, bitterly opposed to Roman rule, whereas the Herodians are content to work with the Gentile powers that be. The present alliance is made solely for the purpose of bringing down the Messiah. 

Their devious intent is camouflaged behind extravagant flattery. Courteously addressing Jesus as Teacher, they gush phrases with one compliment after another. “He is said to be a truthful man who teaches the way of God and is not influenced by anyone else’s opinion or status.”  Jesus is now primed, they presume, to speak his mind boldly.

The trap comes in the form of a question: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?  The Pharisees are trying to force Jesus into a dilemma. By giving him only two options for an answer, they hope to back him into one of two predicaments. If Jesus affirms the legitimacy of the tax, he will appear to be a Roman sympathizer, discrediting himself in the eyes of numerous Jews, for whom the Romans’ rule of Judea was an intolerable burden. On the other hand if Jesus forbids paying the tax, the Herodians are sure to report him to Roman  authorities for instigating a tax revolt.  

Immediately Jesus detects their malice and knows that they are testing him. So, he asks them to show him the coin that pays the census tax. Little did they realize what was happening. By producing the coin issued for the tax, the Pharisees are publicly exposed as hypocrites. They may oppose Roman taxation in principle, but apparently, they are in the habit of paying it just like every other Palestinian Jew. Holding up the coin, Jesus asks: “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” The coin in question is the silver Roman Denarius. It was stamped with a side view of the head of Tiberius Caesar, the Roman emperor from AD 14 to 37, accompanied by an inscription that hailed him “the son of the divine Augustus.” On the flip side of the coin he was declared “high priest.” This overly religious claim could not have been more offensive to Jewish sensibilities.

Next, we hear the anticipated response. Instead of walking into the trap. Jesus slips through it, taking advantage of the situation to make an important point.  He says: “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”  

 Just as Jesus exposed his interrogators as hypocrites, he now exposes their question as a false dilemma. He is saying that political and religious obligations can both be legitimately met. Paying taxes is not a compromise of one’s duties toward God,  nor does serving God exempt one from supporting the civil government. If the Roman coin bears Caesar’s image, then it belongs to him and should be given back to him.

But, what is it, that “belongs to God?” It is the human person who bears the image of the living God (Gen 1:26-27). So, our highest obligation in life—and one that is imposed on every man, woman,  and child, regardless of nationality or citizenship—is to give ourselves back to our Maker. 

Sincerely Yours, 

Fr. Vincent Clemente



Upcoming Events

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

 

Food donations.

The Knights of Columbus food drive has been discontinued. Thank you to everyone who donated!

 

 

 

Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis smiling

October 20th. "To all believers, and to men and women of good will, we say: let us become creative artisans of peace, let us build social friendship, let us make our own the culture of dialogue."  (Pope on Twitter)

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