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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

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all activities, including Mass and liturgical celebrations, are suspended until after Easter, when we will re-evaluate. 
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 - SUSPENDED!

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 - CLOSED! 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 the Gospel, Jesus goes against the generally accepted ethnic and religious standards by speaking not only to a woman, but to a Samaritan woman. The northern tribes, when they became one kingdom, were called Israel, meanwhile the southern tribes, when they combined into one kingdom, were called Judah. The people of Israel continued to worship pagan gods, so God allowed Assyria to conquer them and be exiled to Assyria, and people from other areas populated the land where the kingdom of Israel stood. They did not listen to what the prophet Amos said, and they did not repent of their wrongdoing. When Jonah went to preach to the city of Nineveh, the people repented, so nothing happened to them, and they were not even Hebrews or Jewish.  Most people from the kingdom of Israel were exiled to Assyria, and they eventually intermixed in marriage with the local people who were not the chosen people. At the time of Jesus, they were called Samaritans. They were considered inferior by the Jewish and they looked down on them. When the Jews from the southern kingdom were exiled to Babylon they did not intermarry with anyone; they kept their faith.  Judah’s return from exile began in year 538BC. The Samaritans then forcefully combatted rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. The Samaritans were not impressed with the existence of Mount Moriah’s temple. They built their own temple on Mount Gerizim, which the Jewish priest destroyed in 128 BC.

With that background, the attitude of the Samaritan woman at the beginning of today’s Gospel is understandable. She first refers to Jesus as a “Jew” (John 4:9), not a complimentary title in her mind. Later she uses the more respectful “Sir” (4:11). The Greek text of her question in verse 12 makes it clear that she does not consider Jesus greater than Jacob. However, when he shows knowledge of her moral life, she accepts him as a prophet (4:9). She raises the question of the proper place of worship—Mount Zion (in Jerusalem) or Mount Gerizim. Jesus points out that true worship in the future will be based on the Spirit of truth given by God. The woman then mentions the Messiah. Jesus assures her that he is the Messiah: “I am he” (4:26), using “ego eimi,” The Greek translation of Yahweh (I Am Who Am). The dialogue between the woman and Jesus shows the progress and change of her attitude toward Jesus. At first she was antagonistic; she told Jesus: “How can you give me water, this well is deep and you do not have a bucket.” She called him a Jew, and then she was more respectful and called him “Sir” when she referred to wanting some living water. When Jesus told her about her moral life, she then accepted Jesus as the Messiah.

Finally, the woman shares her growing faith with the people of her town, leading them to accept Jesus by his word as a “savior of the world” (4:42). “The concentration upon characters beyond the world of Judaism indicates that no one, of whatever race, culture, or religion, is to be excluded in the Johannine theology of re elation and salvation” (Francis Ja. Moloney, S.D.B., The Gospel of John).

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

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

 

 

Without love deeds are nothing

Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis smiling

April 2nd, 2020. "These days of pain and sadness are bringing many hidden problems in society to the surface. We ask St Teresa of Calcutta to reawaken in us the sense of nearness to so many persons who are hidden in normal life, such as the homeless." (Pope on Twitter)

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