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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 verses of the parable of the growing seed relate to another seed parable found only in Mark. The focus is on the seed’s intrinsic power to grow of its own accord.  The sower scatters his seed, then goes about the routine of his daily life.  

Slowly, imperceptibly, the seed begins to sprout.  The farmer does not know how it happens. (Even  with today’s tremendous advances in microbiology,  life remains a mystery.)  Nor can the farmer control the process. According to its natural stages, the land yields fruit:  first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain. The farmer can water, weed, and fertilize the crops as the months go on, but he cannot make the ripe grain appear a day before its appointed time. Farming requires an element of trust and patience. Yet the moment the harvest has arrived, the farmer is ready with the sickle to reap without delay. The harvest is a biblical image for the final judgment (Joel 4:13; Rev. 14:14-15).
With this parable Jesus explains that the kingdom of God is a divine work, not a human achievement. God brings about its growth, which at times is imperceptible.  We cooperate, but we cannot control or hasten the arrival of the kingdom by our effort any more than the farmer can harvest his grain before it is time. . St. Paul knew this principle well; ‘I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth.” Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is powerful, but  “only God, who causes the growth” (1 Cor. 3:6-7). Every member of the kingdom is being made ready for the harvest by our inner growth in holiness and virtue which God brings about through our cooperation with His grace. The parable serves as encouragement for those who think their efforts for the kingdom are fruitless, and a warning for those who think they can bring about the kingdom by their own projects and progress. 

Mark’s final word on the parable discourse is another affirmation that Jesus spoke in parables not to obfuscate, but to adapt the mystery of the kingdom to the capacity and openness of His listeners. The end of verse 33 reads literally, “as they were able to hear it,” repeating the key verb “hear” for the thirteenth time in this chapter. The disposition Jesus seeks from His followers is the same demanded by God of His chosen people: “Hear, O Israel” (Deut 6:4). To hear means not only to listen or even to understand, but to accept with a willing heart—that is, to obey.  A person’s understanding of the kingdom grows as one reflects on the parable, embraces its implications, thereby enlarging one’s capacity to “hear”. 
Although Jesus spoke to the crowds only in parables, to His own Disciples He explained everything in private.  Who are those privileged disciples? Mark 3:322-35; 4:10 made it clear: not just the Twelve, called to a special mission, but all “those present along with the Twelve”—that is, all those who choose to be Disciples by staying close to Jesus to listen to his teachings and doing the will of the Father. 

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events


  • The Knights of Columbus will begin the 2nd Annual Local Food Drive, to benefit the Manna Ministry, on Tuesday May 11. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the St. James Catholic Church Parish Center on every Tuesday and Wednesday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Items can also be left in the St. James Church vestibule before weekend masses. Contact: 715-456-9326
  • Kraft Korner is back! We meet every first and third Friday of the month at the social hall from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a great way to meet the CCW ladies, but you don’t have a be a CCW member to     attend.

  • Choir rehearsal held on Wednesdays 6:30PM to 8:00PM. Instrumentalists and cantors welcome. 

Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis smiling

"We cannot break bread on Sunday if our hearts are closed to our brothers and sisters. We cannot partake of that Bread if we do not give bread to the hungry. We cannot share that Bread unless we share the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in need." (Pope on Twitter)