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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.
Masses have resumed! Vigil Mass will be on Saturdays at 4PM and Sundays at 8AM and 10AM. 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.
My Dear People,
We have come to the end of another Liturgical year. The Last Sunday is dedicated to Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Jesus will judge nations, and he gives us an example in the Gospel of Matthew. The vision of the great judgment is the prophetic climax of the eschatological discourse. The preceding parables have steadily built up to this event by urging disciples to be ready for the coming of the Son of Man. Now we see what will happen when he arrives. The Lord Jesus will “repay everyone according to his conduct.” (16:27).
The opening verse sets the scene. It is the return of the Son of Man surrounded by heavenly angels and seated majestically on his glorious throne. Christian tradition interprets this as a vision of the last judgement, when the thoughts, words and deeds of the entire human race are weighed in the balance by Jesus the judge.
The Son of Man’s first action is to assume the role of a shepherd who divides the sheep of his flock from the goats. It is often pointed out that Middle Eastern herdsmen normally allow their animals to graze together and that sheep and goats tend to be valued equally. This makes it difficult to say for sure why the judgment is depicted as a separation of sheep from goats. Nevertheless, it is clear from the outset that the sheep represent the saints, for they are placed at the Lord’s right, which in ancient cultures represented the good, fortunate, or honorable place (see 1Kings 2:19; Ps 110:1), while the left represented the bad, unfortunate, or dishonorable.
The verdict of the king is that those on the right are blessed by the Lord and are the beneficiaries of his kingdom. These have shown themselves to be children of the Father and thus heirs of his heavenly estate (5:9, 44-45). Ever since the foundation of the world, this plan of salvation was in place in the grand design of the Almighty.
The reason for all this is then revealed. Whatever else can be said of the righteous, they have led lives of generosity and compassion toward others. They supplied basic human needs to the hungry and thirsty of the world. They took in a stranger, clothed the naked, sat at the bedside of the ill, and helped comfort those in prison. Serving their fellow human beings through acts of kindness and mercy has secured their heavenly inheritance. The sheep are surprised to learn, however, that in caring for the needy they have cared for the Lord himself.
Jesus responds to their amazement with the declaration: whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. Biblical scholars debate the precise meaning of this statement. The question is twofold (1) Do the “least brothers” represent Christian disciples of the poor in general? (2) Does the judgment concern only Gentile nonbelievers or all humanity, Christians included?
It seems likely that the least brothers refers to Christians, perhaps to those missionaries who faced numerous hardships for their efforts to evangelize the world. The reason is that these words of Jesus recall earlier descriptions of the disciples of Matthew (10:42’ 12:49-50; 18:6). Likewise, “all the nations” assembled for judgment appear to represent all the non-believing Gentiles of the world who are called to account for their treatment of Jesus’ followers. Certainly, the Greek term for “nations” often means “Gentiles” or “pagans,” in Matthew.
Then follows the sentencing of those on the left. Unlike the righteous, who are welcomed into the embrace of the Father and his kingdom (v. 34), the unrighteous are told, Depart from me. They are banished from the Lord’s presence. Their final destiny is the fire of damnation, the same place of torment that is ready to receive the spirits of rebellion, known as the devil and his angels. The book of Revelation depicts this place of unceasing agony as a “pool of fire and sulfur” (Rev. 20:10).
The principal crimes of the wicked are sins of omission (see James 4:17). It was their unwillingness to serve the Lord through a life of service toward others that earns them this awful punishment. They declined opportunities to show kindness to the hungry and the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the ill, and the person in prison. Of course, they are no less surprised than the righteous to learn that Jesus was present in the lives of the destitute and lonely, waiting for someone to show them the love of God. But in this case, no such love was shown. The opportunities to help were abundant, but the decision to help was withheld.
The final verse brings us to the final separation of saints and sinners. This has been envisioned in the Old Testament (Dan 12:2), and earlier we saw indications of the same thing in the kingdom parables (see13:40-43, 47-50). Now the event is placed before our eyes.
The most important word in this verse—at once dreadful and delightful—is the adjective eternal. The Greek term tells us that the two states of the afterlife are perpetual, of unending duration. Ultimately, the road of human life divides into two, one half splitting off toward a punishment that never ceases and the other toward an undying life with the Lord in the kingdom.
Yours in Christ
Fr. Vincent Clemente
Parish Events are cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Help us fill the white baskets in the vestibule for items for veterans in need.
So many things are needed but here are just a few suggestions:
- Soap, shampoo, combs, washcloths, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, flip-flops, clothing i.e.
- hoodies, shirts, socks -
- Crackers, cookies, snacks, peanut butter -
- Pens, pencils, crossword puzzle books, pocket novels, reading glasses (all strengths), other activity
We are targeting those veterans who call the great outdoors home. This list is just a sample of what is needed. We will collect items thru the holiday season starting in November. Look for our veterans’ mailbox in the vestibule in December which is always used for the collection of gift cards for our local vets.
In lieu of a Parish Food Drive for November/Thanksgiving and due to Covid, the CCW and St. Vincent de Paul St. James Conference would like to encourage all Parishioners to send their check donations directly to:
Manna Ministries, 416 Kent Avenue, Lake Placid, Fl 33852
We cannot collect actual food cans and food donations, but Manna Ministries will put the money donated directly to them for their daily food needs to help the community. Thank you for your generosity.