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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 Jesus teaches a lesson about poverty. When Jesus tells the young man to give everything away and follow him, the young man who had many possessions was not ready for this new challenge. Not every disciple is called to give everything away. There were wealthy followers of the Lord. Women (Luke 8:3) helped support His ministry from their own means. But Our Lord knew that, in this man’s case, something more radical was necessary. 

At the same time, Our Lord’s message has two parts. It is not simply “sell all you have and give to the poor,” but also: “then come, follow me.” 

Acts of social justice or charity are good in themselves and are a necessary part of conversion. But charity can be done for wrong motives, and it does not necessarily lead us into a relationship with God. There are atheists who work for the Red Cross. So, it is not enough, in obtaining eternal life to become detached from the love of things; we must also develop an attachment to God himself. 

This teaching on poverty we now take for granted, but the disciples are “astonished” when Our Lord says it is difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Why? Because among many Jews (and later Christians, too) wealth was considered a sign of God’s blessing. Moreover, the wealthy had the leisure and the resources to fulfill all the rituals of the Law of Moses, including the burdensome sacrifices and washing, which were time consuming and expensive, far beyond the means of the average day laborer. So many considered wealth to be an unmitigated good, a sign of God’s blessing and the potential to follow the Law. 

Jesus reverses this scenario. Knowing the weakness of human nature, He recognizes that wealth exerts such a pull on our loyalties and affections that it can be humanly impossible to detach from goods and attach to the Good One. 

“How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” Unprecedented wealth has helped to empty the Church. For the poor, the Gospel is Good News of peace and joy with God in the life to come. For the rich, the Gospel is Bad News about moral laws that limit their ability to satiate their pleasures

How do we gain eternal life? Jesus gives us three basic steps in today’s Gospel. Follow the Law of God, which weans us from our selfishness. Then, give up the idols of the heart: possessions, pleasure, power, pride. Then, Come, follow me.” Attach the heart to Christ.

 None of the three steps are possible without the gift of the Holy Spirit, given to us in Baptism and refreshed within us at the Eucharist. 

Our Lord wants us to have the spirit of poverty, so that we can be more open to the inspiration and the influence of the Holy Spirit. 

Yours in Christ, 

Fr. Vincent Clemente

Upcoming Events


OCTOBER 1st— Friday. Kraft Korner and Rosary Making, 10AM—12PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 2nd— Saturday. CCW-VDCCW, 9:30AM-1PM, Social Hall. 

OCTOBER 3rd— Sunday. Faith Formation Begins, 11AM-12:30PM, Social Hall.

Life Chain, 2PM-3PM, Tower Parking Lot.

OCTOBER 4th— Monday. St Vincent de Paul, 3-4:30PM, Social Hall.

RCIA, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 6th— Wednesday. Confirmation Class, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 7th— Thursday. Adoration, 10AM—12 Noon, Chapel.

CCW Meeting, 10AM–12PM, Social Hall. 

OCTOBER 8th— Friday. Divine Mercy Prayer Group, 3PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 10th— Sunday. Faith Formation, 11AM-12:30PM, Social Hall.

Women’s Emmaus, 2PM-3PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 11th— Monday. Office Closed for Columbus Day.

RCIA, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 12th— Tuesday. Knights of Columbus, 7PM-8:30PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 13th— Wednesday. Confirmation Class, 6PM-7:30PM, Social Hall. 

OCTOBER 14th— Thursday. Adoration, 10AM—12 Noon, Chapel. 

OCTOBER 15th— Friday. Kraft Korner & Rosary Making, 10AM-12PM, Social Hall.

OCTOBER 16th— Saturday. America Needs Fatima Rosary Rally, 11AM, Corner of Church.


Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis smiling

"Openness to interdependence and sharing, the dynamism of love and a call to respect: these are three interpretative keys that can shed light on our efforts to care for our common home." (Pope on Twitter)