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St. James the Greater by El Greco You may have noticed inside our church front doors a new painting on the wall. This is a famous painting of our patron saint St. James the Greater by El Greco from 1606. Some parishioners have donated this copy of the painting to us for our benefit. I hope you enjoy it. We will be putting a little plaque underneath it to explain who it is and what it is about.

El Greco was originally from Crete being born in 1541. He became a master of Post-Byzantine art and moved from Venice to Rome to Madrid and, finally, to Toledo, Spain in 1577, where he remained for the rest of his life. It was there that he painted his best known works including St. James the Greater. His style was quite unusual and unique for his time and was more appreciated by us in the 20th century. He died in Toledo in 1614.
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Parish Festival! Next Sunday the 22nd is our Parish Festival. Everyone is invited to come and have a great time – bring some friends and have some friend time together. We‘ve always called this our Parish Picnic in the past, but it is so much more than a simple picnic. There are many games, bingo, climbing wall, Country Store bake sale, dunk tank, talent show, face painting, bouncy houses, raffle, and, of course, music. Some of these are indoors but most are outdoors. Oh, did I mention food? The food is spectacular! This year we will feature barbequed boneless pork loin sandwiches as well as the usual world famous onion rings, corn on the cob, roasted baby potatoes, veggies, fruits, cookies, Hyland ice cream, cotton candy, beer, and Coke products. This is why we now call this our St. James Parish Festival. It‘s a great time! Read the Full Story
Gina Volenec Hello! I am Gina Volenec, and although I have been in the parish for 23 years, I am absolutely certain that I have not met everyone! I would like to introduce myself as the new Volunteer Coordinator, Stewardship Coordinator and Good News! editor for St. James Parish. Read the Full Story
Fr. Marcus Knecht Hello, I’m Fr. Marcus Knecht, your new Associate Pastor.

I grew up going to public school in Forest City, Iowa (less than two hours east of Okoboji) and received my BA in Computer Science from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. I moved to Omaha in 2005 to work as a Technical Support Analyst. It was the perfect job for me and I thrived there for a while.

St. James became my parish and I quickly got involved in the many young adult activities and Bible studies offered throughout the archdiocese for growing in my faith and learning about it from an adult perspective. Faith has always been important to me and as I got older it also became important to share my Catholic faith, offering real answers to the misunderstandings that many have about it. I joined the local boards for Theology on Tap and the Pro Sanctity Movement. I also helped the Faithful Builders group for Habitat for Humanity. Traveling to many countries has been a blessing to me. It is almost a hobby. In my spare time I like to socialize by playing all sorts of lawn/card/board games. I'm not afraid to try new things.
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South Entrance Church Doors LOCKED South Entrance Church Doors LOCKED In order to maintain a safe environment at Masses, the South entrance doors on Tomahawk Blvd will not be unlocked for Masses or other events going forward. You may still exit from these doors, but entrance into the church will now be through the main entry doors of the church only. ~Thank you and God Bless!  Read the Full Story
Welcome to St. James Parish Welcome! We are delighted that you are visiting our web site as well as our Parish. We hope you will worship with us and we welcome you to register.   If you are interested in becoming a member of our parish, there is a three step registration process. We invite you to be registered in order to celebrate the Sacraments, receive parish rates in the school and the PRE program, to rent the Parish Center and other benefits. If you aren't receiving parish mailings, you may not be registered.  First, we'd like you to call the Parish Offices to give us your registration information or come to the Rectory, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 where you will be given the dates and times of our orientation meetings.   We'll have lots of information for you, answer any questions you have, and give you an opportunity to finalize your registration. When you sign and return the Membership Agreement, you complete the registration process.   To begin registration call the Parish Offices, 402-572-0499.  
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