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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, 

Today, the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, is the Feast of Christ the King. Jesus is going to come again as King. The goal of God’s plan is to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth. This will happen when the Divine Will is established on earth as it is in heaven. 

Divine Will was present on earth at the beginning of humanity. That lasted until human will entered the earth, and with that, sin and death entered also. God’s plan is to have the earth as it originally was created. This includes, of course, all people. This means that all the people on earth will be living the Divine Will. This would only be possible through the power of God. This is what it probably means when the scriptures speak of a new heaven and new earth. The earth will be new, because there will not be the human will of sin, the human will of war. 

Jesus speaks to Pilate and tells him (John 18:36): “My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight that I might not be handed over to the Jews.” 

Jesus did enter Jerusalem in triumph, and he did accept acclamation as King-Messiah. Now, in the passion, he acknowledges before Pilate that he is truly a king, making it clear that his kingship is not an earthly one. Thus, those who expect the Messiah to have visible temporal power were mistaken. “The kingdom of God does not deal with temporal affairs of the earth, but it is a kingdom of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Rom 14: 17). The divine activity which saves people will reach its culmination when history ends and the Lord comes from the heights of paradise finally to judge the people.  

His Kingship is a “Kingdom of Truth and Life, the kingdom of Holiness and Grace, the kingdom of Justice, love and Peace” (Roman Missal, Preface of the Mass of Christ the King).

Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone

Yours in Christ, 

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER 15th— Monday. RCIA, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.

NOVEMBER 16th— Tuesday Friends of Our Lady, 11-12:30, Social Hall.

NOVEMBER 17th— Wednesday. Bible Study, 10AM –12PM, Social Hall. Confirmation Class, 6-7:30PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 18th— Thursday. Adoration, 10AM-Noon, Chapel. Bible Study, 7PM-9PM, Social Hall.

NOVEMBER 19th— Friday. Kraft Korner & Rosary Making, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall.

NOVEMBER 21st— Sunday. Men’s Emmaus, 2PM, Social Hall.

NOVEMBER 22nd— Monday. RCIA, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.

NOVEMBER 23rd— Tuesday. Friends of Our Lady, 11-12:30, Social Hall. Knights of Columbus, 7P-8:30PM, Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 25th— Thursday. Adoration, 10AM-Noon, Chapel. Office Closed.

NOVEMBER 26th— Friday. Office Closed. 

NOVEMBER 28th— Sunday. Faith Formation, 11AM-12:30PM, Social Hall.

NOVEMBER 29th— Monday. RCIA, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.

NOVEMBER 30th— Tuesday. Friends of Our Lady, 11-12:30, Social Hall


Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis smiling

"There is a mysterious solidarity in Christ between those who have already passed to the other life and we pilgrims in this one. Our deceased loved ones continue to take care of us from Heaven. They pray for us, and we pray for them and we pray with them." (Pope on Twitter)