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

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

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 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.


My Dear People,

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. It is reserved for Christ the King. The gospel of Luke takes us to Jesus on the Cross and the sign for his crime “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews”, and Jesus mentions to the good thief “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise”.

The gospel of Luke mentions the quote of the Psalm 22:8 which states “All who see me mock me”. As the people there watched, Jesus is taunted by three sets of characters: among those who sneered at him were rulers, but the soldiers also jeered at him, and even one of the criminals hanging there reviled or insulted him.

The scorn of the rulers and the criminals focuses on Jesus’ title of Messiah (Luke 23:35,39). If that is really, he is, let him save himself—again echoing the same psalm (which refers to God as the one who saves): “Let him deliver him” (Ps. 22:9). The emphasis on the verb save, occurring four times in these verses, paradoxically explains the significance of Jesus’ crucifixion: by not saving himself, he saved others. Indeed, Jesus is the ‘savior” (Luke 2:11) who has come to bring “salvation” (19:9) and “to save what was lost” (19:10). This is his mission as Messiah (2:11, 9:20)—that is, as a Messiah who suffers (24:26, 44).

The rulers also derisively refer to Jesus as the chosen one (see 9:35), a title pointing to another biblical passage that sheds light on the crucifixion: “Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased” (Isaiah 42:1 [emphasis added]). Jesus is the servant foretold by Isaiah (Isa. 52:13) who at his crucifixion is “counted among the wicked” (Luke 22:37), quoting Isaiah 53:12). Moreover, Moses also called God’s “chosen one” (Ps. 106:23). At the transfiguration, Jesus spoke with Moses about his “exodus” to take place in “Jerusalem” (Luke 9:31), and the voice from heaven referred to him as the “chosen Son” (9:35). This exodus of God’s chosen one is now being accomplished.

The mocking by the Roman soldiers focuses on another title—King of the Jews—which is how the title “Messiah” was earlier explained to Pilate (23:2-3). Bearing the same title of King of the Jews in an inscription on the cross. According to the Roman practice, it was likely carried in front of Jesus on his way to the site in order to announce his crime and was then affixed to the cross for the same reason. As part of their mockery, the soldiers offer Jesus drink of sour wine. They unwittingly fulfill another psalm associated with Jesus’ passion: “For my thirst they gave me vinegar” (Ps 69:22).  

Rebuking the criminal’s mocking of Jesus, the other one urged him—especially since they are about to die—to have fear of God, which is necessary for obtaining God’s mercy.  He confesses that they have been condemned justly on account of their crimes but recognizes that Jesus has done nothing wrong. He thus echoes Pilate’s threefold assertion that Jesu is not guilty (23:4,14,22).

He next addresses Jesus and directs a plea to him: remember me when you come into your kingdom. His moment of conversion comes just in time. His appeal recalls biblical prayers to the Lord God—for example, “Remember me according to your mercy” (Ps. 25:7, see Luke 1:54)—yet it is addressed to Jesus, whom Luke has frequently presented as Lord. His prayer expresses the hope that he will be saved not from the cross (see Luke 23:39) but from his sins, and so enter after his death into Jesus’ kingdom.

Jesus’ final Amen saying (see 4:24) solemnly grants the appeal. He promises him that he will soon be in Paradise, which was commonly understood in Jewish literature of the time as the realm of blessedness for the righteous after death. Now, however, this blessedness comes from being with Jesus: you will be with me. As seen through Luke, the fulfillment of the promise occurs not in some distant future, but today you will be with me in Paradise.

Yours in Christ,

 Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER 28th—Thursday. Adoration 8AM-9AM followed by Thanksgiving Day Mass, 9AM. Office Closed.

NOVEMBER 29th— Friday. Office Closed.


DECEMBER: Cards for Veterans. Knights selling Christmas cards. Donations for gifts for the parish children 

DECEMBER 2nd— Monday. Hall Closed for Cleaning 7AM-Noon. RCIA, 7-9PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 3rd—Tuesday. Prayer Group, 7:00PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 4th—Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall. Photography Class, 1PM, Social Hall. Choir Practice, 3PM, Church. Confirmation Class, 6:30PM Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 5th— Thursday. Adoration, 10AM-3PM, Church. CCW Membership Meeting, 10AM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM-9PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 6th— Friday. Kraft Korner, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 8th— Sunday. Women’s Emmaus, 2PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 9th— Monday. Immaculate Conception. Not a Holy Day of  Obligation this year. Office closed. RCIA, 7-9PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 10th—Tuesday. Prayer Group, 7:00PM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7:30PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 11th—Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall. Photography Class, 1PM, Social Hall. Choir Practice, 3PM, Church. Penance Service, 6PM, Church. Confirmation Class, 6:00PM (attend penance service). 

DECEMBER 12th— Thursday. Adoration, 10AM-3PM, Church. Grief Support, 2-3PM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM-9PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 13th— Friday. Messengers of Divine Mercy, 3PM, Social Hall. 

DECEMBER 15th— Sunday. Men’s Emmaus Meeting, 2PM, Social Hall.

Dear Parishioners,

We need your help.

The time is drawing close to meet our CFA commitment of $79,000. As of August 22nd we have a shortfall of $37,334.29. The parish must meet this payment by December 10th. 

If the commitment is not met by our members, the parish is responsible for the amount not met. As you can see from our financial reports, this deeply impacts St. James. Our budget is created from donations and offertory contributions and is responsible for maintaining our parish property, our ministries, our parish priests and our lay personnel.

If you are a previous donor and have not contributed to this year’s pledge, we ask that you do so before December 10th. Please remember to affix the label provided by the Diocese. This ensures your contribution will be credited to St. James. 

If you are a new donor, please use a separate envelope and turn it in with the offertory collection or place your donation in the offertory basket during the next second collection on October 27th. The office will forward the payment to the Diocese. 

We thank you for your contribution, no matter how big or small.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not  yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — St. Mother Teresa




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3380 Placid View Dr.
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