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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.
Daily Masses have resumed and weekend Masses will resume the weekend of June 6th and 7th. Vigil Mass will be on Saturday, June 6th at 4PM and Sunday, June 7th at 9AM. 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.
You can see the Pope's Prayer to the Virgin Mary regarding Covid-19 here.
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)
7:00 PM Vigil, 9:00 AM Morning
Office Hours - For emergencies call 863-465-3215
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
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!
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.
Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost celebration was held fifty days after the Passover, that is, after seven weeks had passed. The material harvest which the Jews celebrated so joyfully became, through God’s providence, the symbol of the spiritual harvest which the apostles began to reap. The feast of Pentecost marks the official beginning of the Catholic Church. On this day the Apostles, who were praying in the upper room, received the Holy Spirit, who came upon them in the form of flaming tongues. They soon went out to the Temple area and began to preach the good news to the whole world—beginning in Jerusalem.
Today’s first reading gives us a moving account of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The effects of Pentecost can be seen very soon in the conduct of the apostles. No longer locking themselves in a room ‘for fear of the Jews’ (John 20:19), they soon were boldly confronting the Sanhedrin. “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).
Paul in the Second reading deals with the work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian community that was established about 51 AD. There were problems among Christians because they did not understand the ‘spiritual gifts.’ These spiritual gifts could be impressive prophecy, speaking in tongues, healing, and the interpretation of tongues.
Paul wants all Christians to avoid both pride in their own gifts, their charisms, and disdain for those of others. “A Charism is a gift of the spirit to someone within the community for the sake of building up the community as the body of Christ.” First Corinthians, Sacra Pagina Series, V.7, p. 472). A key aspect of charisms, therefore, is that they are for the common good, for the service of the community, not for the individual’s benefit.
The author uses the terms “the spirit of God” and “The Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3)—“Spirit of God” teaches that the Spirit comes from God and “Holy Spirit” recognizes the Spirit’s role of making persons holy, as happens at baptism. “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (12:13). Another important point is that “no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.’ (12:13). Faith that “Jesus is Lord” is essential for all Christians.
The dwelling of the Holy Spirit in each of the followers of Christ begins at baptism. This role of Spirit makes it impossible for all followers of Jesus “whether Jew or Greek, slaves of free persons” (12:13), to form the one body of Christ.
The role of the Holy Spirit is expressed very well in the Fourth Eucharistic prayer. Jesus “sent the Holy Spirit from you, Father, as his first gift to those who believe, to compete his work on earth and bring us the fullness of grace.”
Pentecost was not an isolated event in the life of the Church, something over and done with. “We have the right, duty and the joy to tell you that Pentecost is still happening. We can legitimately speak of the ‘Lasting value’ of Pentecost. It is the Christian vocation and the ability to hear that calling and follow it by living a genuinely human life, indeed a life which is not only human but holy.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Vincent Clemente
Parish Events are cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Knights of Columbus are currently running a drive-up food drive at the social hall benefiting Manna Ministries. If you would like to donate food, please drop by Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10AM to 1PM. Remain in your car, and a knight will come to you to collect the food. Thank you!
Pope Francis on Twitter
May 27th, 2020. Prayer liberates us from our instinct toward violence. It is a gaze directed toward God, so that He might take care of the human heart. (Pope on Twitter)