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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

Please see the Bishop's letter on Covid precautions dated May 14, 2021 here.

If you have a fever or flu like symptoms, please do not enter Church

  • Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask or social distance
  • Masks are permitted and encouraged, especially for those not yet vaccinated
  • Masks are no longer required for Parish meetings or gatherings
  • The mask policy for children will be reviewed before classes resume in the Fall.
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, 

This episode is linked to the previous one because of someone acting in Jesus’ name (see 37). The Apostle, John, complains about a fellow who has been driving out demons in Jesus’ name even though he is not one of the disciples (see Luke 9:54 for a similar instance of intolerance). It is interesting that John says: “follow us” rather than “follow you.” Apparently, John’s criterion for legitimate ministry is under the Disciples’ authority. Or perhaps he does not yet fully recognize that Jesus Himself is the only source of their power. His protest echoes the objection of Joshua, who grumbled to Moses that Eldad and Medad were not in the gathering of those to whom Moses imparted his spirit, yet they too received the gift of prophecy (Num. 11:24-29). Moses’ reply could be paraphrased on this occasion: “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the Lord drove out demons! Would that the Lord might bestow his Spirit on them all!” Indeed, at the end of the Gospel, the risen Lord will announce that those who believe in Him will drive out demons in His name (Mark 16:17). 

One might wonder why, in this instance, the unnamed exorcist is successful, whereas the book of Acts recounts an episode where seven brothers who tried to drive out demons in Jesus’ name were thoroughly defeated and humiliated (Acts 19:13-16). In light of Mark 16:17,  the most likely reason is that here the unknown exorcist is acting with an authentic faith in Jesus, whereas the seven brothers in Acts 19 were using His name as if it were a magic formula (see also Matt. 7:22-23).

Jesus’ reply directs His disciples to take an expansive rather than a restrictive approach toward others who are acting in His name. “Do not prevent him.” There is no place for exclusivism among those who invoke the name of Jesus. Paul illustrates a similar principle in Phil 1:15-18: “Some preach Christ from envy and rivalry. . . What difference does it make, as long as in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed? And in that I rejoice.” The Disciples should not presume to restrict the invocation of Jesus’ name, because no one who  performs a mighty deed  in His name can at the same time speak ill of Him. There were plenty of people who did speak ill of Him, but Jesus will take all the friends He can get! To do a work of healing or deliverance in His name is to honor Him and is not compatible with being His adversary. For whoever is not against us is for us.  Jesus is directing the disciples to take a stance of openness toward those who are not within the formal bounds of the Christian community, and not to consider them foes. But the converse is stated in Matt 12:30: “Whoever is not with me is against me.” In the end there is no neutral ground in relation to Jesus. Sooner or later, everyone chooses (consciously or unconsciously) either to be on his side or to oppose Him. 

With the solemn formula: “Amen, I say to you!”, Jesus emphasizes God’s generosity toward all and the great value of simple, humble acts of service.  No good deed will be overlooked, whether done by someone inside, or outside the Church. Even the smallest act of kindness toward a Disciple because of his association with Christ will be rewarded by God.  

Reward does not mean compensation that is earned, but a generous gift freely given by God in response to a good deed.  Mark pens this saying so as to highlight its relevance for his audience.    Because you belong to Christ is similar to Paul’s description of Christians who are “of Christ” (1 Cor 1:P12; Gal 3:29). Savior of the World, Save America!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 23rd— Thursday.

Adoration, 10AM—12 Noon, Chapel.

SEPTEMBER 30th— Thursday.

Adoration, 10AM—12 Noon, Chapel.

CCW Board Meeting, 10AM–1PM, Social Hall. 


OCTOBER 1st— Friday. Kraft Korner and Rosary Making, 10AM—12PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 2nd— Saturday. CCW-VDCCW, 9:30AM-1PM, Social Hall. 

OCTOBER 3rd— Sunday. Faith Formation Begins, 11AM-12:30PM, Social Hall.

Life Chain, 2PM-3PM, Tower Parking Lot.

OCTOBER 4th— Monday.                        St Vincent de Paul, 3-4:30PM, Social Hall.

RCIA, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 6th— Wednesday.                 Confirmation Class, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.



Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis smiling

"Witnesses do not lose themselves in words, but rather they bear fruit. They do not complain about others and the world, but start with themselves. They remind us that God is not to be proven, but shown; not announced with proclamations but witnessed by example." (Pope on Twitter)