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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 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.

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, 

The idea of a hidden treasure that is not seen by everyone is appropriate for this chapter’s theme about the kingdom not being fully revealed to all. Like the treasure buried in a field, something of great value is present in the kingdom Jesus proclaims, but few are aware of it. 

A new theme also emerges here: the urgency of responding to the good news of the kingdom. The person in the parable recognizes that he faces a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and makes a great sacrifice to obtain the treasure: he sells all that he has and buys that field. The kingdom of heaven is a priceless treasure that completely alters one’s priorities in life. Things that at one time were considered very important now no longer carry as much weight in light of the wealth of God’s kingdom. One joyfully abandons everything in order to obtain these treasures. This image also recalls how the disciples left everything to follow Jesus (4:20,22), and stands in contrast to the many in Israel who remain indifferent to Jesus’ kingdom announcement –especially the Pharisees who are fighting against it. 

The pearl of great price parable offers a second illustration of urgency in responding to the kingdom. Though very small, pearls were considered more valuable than gold. As in the previous parable, the kingdom radically reorients one’s life. The one who discovers the kingdom joyfully gives up things he treasured in the past in order to obtain it, like the merchant who finds a priceless pearl and wisely sells all that he has and buys it. The merchant reflects Jesus’ first disciples, who left everything to follow Jesus (4:20,22) and beckons us also to prioritize the kingdom above everything else. 

 Imagine Jesus telling the parable of the dragnet in a house beside the Sea of Galilee and its bustling fishing industry. He speaks of a “seine-net,” or dragnet, which is pulled between two boats or thrown into the sea and then pulled to shore with ropes. Such a net gathers fish indiscriminately, both those considered edible and those not. Fishermen would sort the fish on the shore. Using these images from the daily life of local fishermen, Jesus gave a powerful visual. Another real-life illustration is used with the parable of the weeds and the wheat to explain the coexistence of good and evil in this world and to describe the final separation of the righteous from the wicked at the end of the age (see comments on 13;36-43). 

At the end of the discourse Jesus asks his disciples if they understand all these things, referring to the parables taught that day. Their affirmative response is significant. Understanding of the parables is precisely what Jesus said the crowds would lack (13:13-15). But truly hearing the word and understanding it is the chief characteristic of the seed that falls on the good soil and bears fruit (13:23).  Though the disciples still have much to learn, they do at least understand the kingdom’s mysteries. That sets them apart from the crowds (13:10-17) and will make them fruitful in their mission (13:23). 

Jesus says the disciples are like a scribe, a scholar of Scripture who was trained in interpreting the law. According to the book of Sirach, a true scribe can “penetrate the subtleties of parables” and be “at home with the obscurities of parables” (Sir 39;2-3 RSV). Unlike the scribes associated with the Pharisees who oppose Christ (12:38). Jesus’ disciples understand the parables. They are the new scribes of the kingdom because they have been instructed (literally “discipled”) in the kingdom of heaven. 

Jesus also says the disciples are like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old. As men who understand the mysteries of the kingdom, they see how Christ’s ministry (the new) fulfills the Hebrew Scriptures (the old), bringing God’s plan of salvation to its climax. Therefore, the disciples are much better interpreters of the scriptures—and thus better scribes—than the scribes allied with the Pharisees who have rejected Jesus (see  12:38). 

Yours in Christ,

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

August 3rd. Let's look at the "saints next door" who, with simplicity, respond to evil with good, have the courage to love their enemies and to pray for them. (Pope on Twitter)

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