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.


 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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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

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 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. Victor Caviedes

Parochial vicar Fr. Victor Caviedes

Fr. Victor Caviedes was born in Peru. After studying in Peru and Spain (he has a degree in Social Psychology and a doctorate in Philosophy), he moved to the U.S. in 1997 and was ordained  in 1999 by Bishop Nevins. Fr Victor came to St. James in December of 2015 from St. Catherine Parish in Sebring. 

My Dear People,

 Today’s reading is about a rich young man who celebrated splendidly every day. He dressed like a king and had many banquets. He did not do anything for the poor man Lazarus [which is short for Eleazar] whose wounds were licked by the dogs and who longed for the scraps of the table but did not receive any.  When this rich man died, he went to the place of torment. When he saw Lazarus with Abraham, he wanted him to relieve him briefly from that torment. Lazarus, who in his life had many tribulations, now was at peace with God. On the other hand, the rich man, who enjoyed his life in sumptuous living and did not do any penance or take care of the less fortunate, was now in torment. The reversal of the rich man’s fortune was not the consequence of a lack of moral rectitude; it resulted from his indifference to the needs of the covenant brother who lay at the gate of his home.  He thought since Lazarus knew him, he could do him the favor of briefly relieving him of his torment. That was impossible. Then he wanted the rest of his family to know about the torment if someone from the dead would tell them. The reply was: they have Moses and the prophet, and even if someone from the dead were to go to them, they wouldn’t listen and repent. This shows that when one sins and remains in his sin, God is not going to hit him over the head so he will have an opportunity to repent. God respects his choice, and there are plenty of opportunities for the individual to repent, all they have to do is follow the teachings of the Church, which they received in religious education classes, especially before First Communion and Confirmation.

 Yours in Christ, 

 Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events

 Fall Happenings

SEPTEMBER 25th—NOVEMBER 3rd— 40 Days for Life . Contact Glenda Brannen if you would like to pray outside an abortion facility. 863-274-6168. www.40daysforlife.com 

MONTH OF OCTOBER– Undies Sundays. Donate NEW undergarments and baby items to CCW. 

OCTOBER 6th— Sunday. Winter Mass Schedule begins. Masses at 8AM and 10AM. Blessing of Animals, 12 Noon,Outside Church. 

OCTOBER 12th— Saturday. Public Praying of the Rosary,12 Noon, Devane Park. Oktoberfest Party after 4PM Mass, Social Hall. Dinner tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. BYOB. 

OCTOBER 19th— Saturday. Youth Group BBQ Takeout Dinner Fundraiser. 4-7PM, Social Hall. $8. 

OCTOBER 26th— Sunday. All Saints party for the children of the parish after the 4PM Mass. Kids, come dressed as your favorite saint. 

NOVEMBER 1st– All Saints Day, Vigil Mass Oct. 31st at 7PM, Holy Day Mass, Nov. 1st at 9AM. 

NOVEMBER 2nd– Mass of Remembrance, 9AM, followed by brunch in the Social Hall. 

NOVEMBER 7th– Blood Drive. 9-1:30PM, Social Hall Parking Lot. 

NOVEMBER 9th– UNPLANNED movie showing in the social hall, after 4PM Mass, light meal served.


Dear Parishioners,

We need your help.

The time is drawing close to meet our CFA commitment of $79,000. As of August 22nd we have a shortfall of $37,334.29. The parish must meet this payment by December 10th. 

If the commitment is not met by our members, the parish is responsible for the amount not met. As you can see from our financial reports, this deeply impacts St. James. Our budget is created from donations and offertory contributions and is responsible for maintaining our parish property, our ministries, our parish priests and our lay personnel.

If you are a previous donor and have not contributed to this year’s pledge, we ask that you do so before December 10th. Please remember to affix the label provided by the Diocese. This ensures your contribution will be credited to St. James. 

If you are a new donor, please use a separate envelope and turn it in with the offertory collection or place your donation in the offertory basket during the next second collection on October 27th. The office will forward the payment to the Diocese. 

We thank you for your contribution, no matter how big or small.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not  yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — St. Mother Teresa




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3380 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852