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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

If you have a fever or flu like symptoms, please do not enter Church

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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"We should not fear the crises of life and faith. Crises help us recognize that we need God and thus allow us to return to the Lord, to experience his love anew." -  The Pope on Twitter

Mass Times

Summer Mass Schedule (June - September)
Saturday Vigil 4 PM
Sunday 9 AM
Winter Mass Schedule (October - May)
Saturday Vigil 4 PM
Sunday 8 AM and 10 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,

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers! 

During the month of May we honor Mary. Why is Mary so important in our lives? She was the one chosen by God, to give birth to the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God. God is all pure, therefore nothing impure or sinful can touch God.   Thus, God would not want His Son to be born from someone who was sinful. 

 Abraham was asked by God to go to the land of Moriah, and while there  sacrifice his son. Mount Moriah is sacred to the Jews because that was the place that Abraham sacrificed a ram to God after the angel held back the knife with which he was about to slay his son.

Naturally, it was later decided that Mount Moriah was the best place to have the Ark of the Covenant. The priests carrying the Ark centered it on poles which were inserted through loops on both sides, enabling it to be balanced while being transported. 

 But on the way there, the Ark was about to fall off the cart. Uzzah, who was accompanying the transfer of the covenant, tried to prevent it from falling, and reached to straighten it upright. Because he touched it with his hand, he was immediately struck dead. God is so pure that anyone who is sinful cannot touch God.

Mary, however, chose to live in the will of God, from the first moment of her spiritual conception. For this reason, when she was conceived physically in Ann, her mother, she was the Immaculate Conception--that is, conceived without any macula, which is sin or stain. 

 From that time on she accepted to be in the Will of God her whole life, and she never wanted to go out of the Divine Will. She was given the grace to do this. Mary, in her life, did not perform extraordinary acts. However, her whole life was extraordinary, because she was the only human who lived completely in the Divine will. Because of this, her ordinary actions brought more grace than a martyr who would die for Jesus. Her actions done in the Divine Will were meritorious. This means she does not concentrate on having grace for herself, but she brings everything to Jesus, especially when we pray to her. The individual who honors Mary and asks for her intercession, has their prayers brought directly to Jesus.  She makes our prayers more powerful, because as a mother she purifies our prayers. 

Do not be afraid to pray to Mary. Let Mary be your spiritual Mother, your protector, and your guide. She can help us fight spiritual battles because she was never defeated by sin. What a great intercessor we can have in Mary! 

Yours, through Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Vincent Clemente    

Upcoming Events

MAY 9th— Monday. RCIA, 6-7:30PM, Social Hall. 

MAY 10th— Tuesday. Children of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7PM, Social Hall.

MAY 11th— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class, 6-7:30PM, Social Hall.

MAY 12th— Thursday. Legion of Mary, 11AM Social Hall. Bible Study, 7-9PM, Social Hall.

MAY 13th— Friday. Divine Mercy Prayer Group, 3PM, Social Hall. 

MAY 15th— Sunday. Faith Form., (LAST DAY) 11AM-12:30PM, Social Hall.                                               Men’s Emmaus, 2PM, Social Hall. 

MAY 16th— Monday. RCIA, 6-7:30PM, Social Hall. 

MAY 17th— Tuesday. Children of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall.

 MAY 18th— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class (LAST DAY),               6-7:30PM, Social Hall.

MAY 19th— Thursday. Legion of Mary, 11AM Social Hall. Bible Study, 7-9PM, Social Hall. 

MAY 20th— Friday. Kraft Korner & Rosary Making, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall.

MAY 24th— Tuesday. Children of Our Lady, 10AM, Social Hall.

MAY 25th— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall.