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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.

 

important announcements

Masses have resumed! Vigil Mass will be on Saturdays at 4PM and Sundays at 9AM. 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.

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

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

Wednesday
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, 

In today’s reading of Isaiah, people are called to conversion. In order to return to their homeland, they must return to God and “seek” him.  The Lord who allows himself to be found and who does not judge in the way men do, is willing and able to grant forgiveness. In other words, the call to repentance is grounded in the goodness of God who “will abundantly pardon.”  Man, for his part, should grasp the opportunity that God offers him.  So, the words in this passage are a constant encouragement to begin the pursuit of virtue: To be converted means to ask for forgiveness. Seek out the strength of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and thus begin advancing step by step every day, learning to overcome ourselves,  win the spiritual battles that we face, and to give of ourselves joyfully, ‘for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). 

In the Gospel the chapter opens with a parable that brings yet another mystery of the kingdom of Heaven into focus. Interpreters differ about the main thrust of the parable. For some, it is a story about the final judgment, when the position of the first and last will be revealed. For others, it summarizes the history of salvation, in which Israel served the Lord for many generations and the Gentiles came to the faith only in the messianic age. Still others read the parable as a lesson about conversion at various stages of life. All these interpretations have something to offer. As we read it, Jesus primarily intends to recount the historical drama of salvation as it climaxes with Gentiles being placed on equal footing with Jews as fellow members of the people of God. 

The setting of the parable alternates between a vineyard estate and a village marketplace. The image of a vineyard tended by a landowner is a traditional motif from the Old Testament that depicts the Lord cultivating and caring for his people. Here the owner of the estate heads out to the marketplace at dawn to hire teams of laborers.  The timeframe of the parable stretches across a traditional workday from sunrise to sunset. 

The landowner contracts with workers for the usual daily wage. The Greek text refers to a Roman silver coin called a denarius. This was the going rate in Palestine for a single day of manual labor. Wages had to be paid out on a daily basis because the Torah requires that hired help be given their earnings by sundown at the end of each workday (Deut. 24:14-15).

The landowner went to the marketplace at different times of  the day and he hired workers to go to the vineyard, including workers who went at 5 pm, one hour before the end of the workday. At the end of the day the Landowner began to pay the workers. The ones who worked an hour first received their daily wage, the same amount as those who had worked a full day. This passage  indicates that those who come late to be saved, at the last hour or the final hour of their lives, will be saved just like the people who have been at it their whole lives. This is to show the generosity of God. The group who came last did not have to earn the full daily wage-- it was given to them anyway. All they had to do was show up and they received the full benefit. This is to show God’s goodness and grace. God is willing to give salvation even to the individual who comes to repentance at the last hour of his life. God is generous, and this individual who did not do anything for his salvation his whole life receives the same salvation as all the others. The message concentrates on the generosity and the abundance of God’s favor. His grace is so abundant that salvation is not something we earn, but is dependent on God’s generosity. 

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

Parish Events are cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Food donations.

The Knights of Columbus food drive has been discontinued. Thank you to everyone who donated!

 

 

 

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Pope Francis on Twitter

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September 22nd. Life is grounded in three fundamental and closely connected relationships: the Relationship with God, with our neighbour and with the earth. #SeasonOfCreation. (Pope on Twitter)

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