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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, 

The Magi visit the child Jesus, the Baptism of Jesus when the Holy Spirit comes to him in the form of a dove and the voice of the Father is heard saying “This is my beloved son” . . . and today we read about the miracle in Cana in Galilee. All three situations are considered epiphanies. They are considered as such because in each situation Jesus was revealed as the Messiah. In The Magi visiting Jesus revealed that Jesus was the Newborn King of the Jews. The baptism of Jesus was unique because the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, and the voice of the Father was heard. That was indeed a revelation that Jesus was the MessiahIn the miracle of Cana, it was the first sign of Jesus. This means only the Messiah could perform a sign such as this. In the Gospel of John, he does not refer to the miracles as such, but as signs, meaning only the Messiah could perform such a sign. 

The narration begins that on the third day in the wedding celebration of Cana they ran out of wine. A wedding as well as other events lasted seven days (there are incidences in the Old Testament of events lasting seven days). Seven was a perfect number, and it was to represent God, and that God works in a perfect way. For example, the story of creation took place in six days; however, the seventh day God rested— that was part of creation. This was to emphasize the importance of resting on the seventh day of the week (Sabbath) and to set it aside for the Lord. 

“Third day” is a number phrase which represents God, because of the three persons of the trinity. This may not be specifically mentioned; however, it is important to note. Maybe John was making a connection or maybe not. For example, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day. This time, Jesus performs the miracle of turning the water into wine on the third day.  

When Mary tells Jesus that they have no wine, Jesus’ reply was quite unusual from a son to a mother. “Woman, how does your concern involve me? My time has not yet come.” There are two unusual elements in this statement: why did Jesus call his mother “woman”, and what was his hour or his time to come? First of all, the word woman—Jesus was referring to his mother as the woman in Genesis 3:15, the woman who will crush the head of the serpent. Mary was the woman and Jesus was her offspring. Together they were going to defeat the devil, Mary by living the will of God her whole life, and Jesus by dying on the cross. Jesus dying on the cross was his “hour” that Jesus was talking about. Why does he mention this at this time in his ministry? Jesus figured out that the moment he would perform the first miracle, the devil would discover that he was the Messiah. As a consequence, he would be under full attack and would motivate forces that would accelerate the “hour”-- that is the time of his dying on the cross. When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he said, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” (Matt.4:3) This means that the devil did not know then that Jesus was the Messiah (the Son of God). For that reason, Jesus’ life had remained hidden for thirty years. It was kept hidden from the devil that Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus did not want to accelerate the time that he would die on the cross. He knew this was coming.  Jesus said, “When I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself”. The only way he would be lifted up would be on the cross. 

Mary shows that she accepts her new relationship to Jesus as his disciple who has a special role as a companion in his work. Recognizing this shift in their relationship is the key to understanding the full dimension of the narrative. Jesus’ mother tells the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” These words assign Mary a twofold role. First, she is the model disciple, subordinate to her Son, Her words echo Israel’s response to God’s offer of the covenant: “Everything the Lord has said, we will do” (Exod. 19:8). Mary instructs servants to listen to her Son as the people of Israel listened to the Lord at Sinai. Second, by first bringing the host’s needs to Jesus and encouraging the servants to be docile and obedient to him, Mary is an intermediary between her Son and the members of the household. (As St. Thomas Aquinas writes, Mary “assumed the role of mediatrix in two ways. . . First, she intercedes with her Son. In the second place, she instructs the servants.” The mother of Jesus presents the needs of the people to Jesus, and she encourages the people in the ways of discipleship, instructing them to obey Jesus. 

The relationship between Jesus and Mary is important. Whenever we honor Mary or ask anything of Mary, she directs us to Jesus. She does not reserve anything for herself, as Mary directed the servants to Jesus, so Mary directs us to Jesus. Mary is indeed a great mediatrix. 

Yours in Christ, 

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

JANUARY 10th— Monday. SVdP Meeting, 3PM, Social Hall. RCIA, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.

JANUARY 11th— Tuesday. Children of Our Lady, 11-12:30, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7PM, Social Hall.

JANUARY 12th— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class, 6PM, Social Hall.

JANUARY 13th— Thursday. Grief Support, 2PM-3PM, Social Hall. Bible Study, 7PM-9PM, Social Hall.

 JANUARY 14th— Friday. Divine Mercy, 3PM, Social Hall. 

JANUARY 16th— Sunday. Faith Formation, 11AM-12:30PM, Social Hall. Men’s Emmaus, 2-3PM, Social Hall.

JANUARY 17th— Monday. RCIA, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.

JANUARY 18th— Tuesday. Children of Our Lady, 11-12:30, Social Hall.

JANUARY 19th— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class, 6PM, Social Hall.

JANUARY 20th— Thursday. Bible Study, 7PM-9PM, Social Hall. Blood Drive, 9AM to 1PM, Parking Lot.

JANUARY 21st— Friday. Kraft Korner & Rosary Making, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall.

JANUARY 23rd to JANUARY 30th—SOCIAL HALL CLOSED FOR TRASH AND TREASURE SALE SET UP. Please contact the heads of ministries regarding the location of any regular meetings.

JANUARY 24th— Monday. RCIA, 6PM-7:30PM, Church.

JANUARY 25th— Tuesday. Children of Our Lady, 11-12:30, (contact ministry leaders for location)

Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis smiling

"The prophet Jeremiah tells us that God has “plans for our welfare and not for evil, to give us a future and a hope” (29:11). We should be unafraid, then, to make room for peace in our lives by cultivating dialogue and fraternity among one another." (Pope on Twitter)