Christmas Angel Project

This program helps families in the Omaha area, and in our parish, who are less fortunate, and struggling financially, or who are unemployed. Names are provided through Catholic Charities, the parish and our grade school. Angel tags colored by SJ/Seton students and prepared by volunteers are placed on Christmas trees in the church narthex in mid-November, with gifts being returned on a designated Sunday in December for delivery to Catholic Charities. This is a great way to give of your time and talent during the holiday seasons.  

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the Christmas Angel Project.   You adopted more than 600 angels providing gifts for people from newborn to 82 years of age.  

Contact Jackie Simmons
402- 571-1565

Community Concerns Committee

This committee helps raise awareness of social justice issues, seeking ways for parishioners to be involved in promoting and supporting human rights, while protecting the dignity of all people. Activities include parish service projects such as the Lenten Soup Supper, shelter-needs collections, the Truck-a-thon, the Christmas Angel Project, and also for volunteer or monetary support of organizations and agencies that promote social justice.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month in the library.    Guests are always welcome!  

Contact Jackie Simmons
402-571-1565

Habitat for Humanity

The dedication is set for Saturday, December 2 at 1 pm at 2016 N. 63rd St.   All are invited to attend, meet the family and tour that house that you helped build.   Thanks to some very generous donors, we have received $9,513.65.  That puts us just $485 from our goal.   Many thanks for your prayers and donations of time and money.   Did you read the World Herald article 10/29 on Habitat's Deconstruction Program.   If you are consider a remodel and are interested in donating items, contact Matt Hassenstab at 402-884-7462 and have those materials removed.   Many people benefit!

Habitat Omaha is experiencing an outstanding year in which 40 homes will be built or renovated, critical repairs will be completed on 50 owner occupied houses and 35 condemned structures will be demolished.   Habitat Omaha is focused on transforming neighborhoods and building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.   Thank you for helping God's people in need of decent and affordable housing, providing shelter for their families.

Faithful Builders 2017 built in partnership with Mohamed Mohamed and Insaf Khatir and their four children, Nazik, Mohamed, Malaz and Almoatasim Billah at 2016 N. 63rd St.  Mohamed and Insaf are excited for their own home.   Their dreams and hopes for the future for their family are what motivates them to work hard and find the time to complete the 8 classes all future homeowners are required to take and to complete 350 sweat equity hours.   It's not always easy to find the time, but they have always worked long hours.   They both appreciate the value of learning many different skills and plan to use them to keep their home well maintained and to teach them to their children.   The family enjoys cooking and eating together, laughing and sharing the events of their lives.

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a Christian housing ministry dedicated to ending poverty housing through homeownership.   Selected families are not given a home: they purchase it with a non-interest loan.   Family partners invest up to 350 hours of work on the construction site or at the ReStore and attend a variety of homeownership classes as part of their journey.   During the recent Builders Blitz, ten houses were built in ten days.   Nearly 50 houses will be built or renovated this year.   The Habitat ReStores, 402-934-1033, save tons of materials from the landfill and all profits are used to build additional Habitat homes.

Faithful Builders Coalition was formed in 1994 and SJ and SEA are charter members.   Over the years, Faithful Builders and a number of members have been recognized by HfH Omaha for service to the organization.   Individuals from the Faithful Builders have volunteered for key roles within Habitat including property acquisition, family selection and construction managements.   Visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/habitatfaithfulbuilders?ret_type+bookmark  

The ReStore has a new program called "Deconstruct".   If you are planning a remodel and want to donate your old cabinets, etc., call Kristin Ashley at 402-884-6997.  They will schedule an experienced team to come into your home and remove the donated pieces.   Thank you for your continued support.  The ReStore has made over $1,000,000 this year, funding about 8 homes!   Habitat is transforming neighborhoods.  All proceeds are used to build additional Habitat homes.   At least five of the 45 to 50 houses to be built this year will be funded by the Re Store.  

You may sign up on line.
1.   Go to www.habitatomaha.org
2.   Click "Sign up to volunteer now."
3.  Click blue "Use Reservation Code" and enter fb for Faithful Builders.
4.  A copy of the constructions schedule will appear, scroll to the bottom and click on "Click Here to Register"
5.  Enter your email address and name and follow screen instructions to register for your selected shifts.  
For assistance, call Janneane Gerot at 402-884-6691.

Contact Danna Plummer
402-496-2012

Pantry Sunday

Parishioners remember families and individuals going hungry by bringing non-perishable food items to church and placing them in the blue containers in the church’s library throughout the year.
Contact St. Vincent de Paul Conference
402-572-0499

St. Vincent de Paul Conference

The mission of the Society is to grow as disciples of Jesus by materially and spiritually helping those in need .  Members accomplish this through personal visits.  When a call is received at the Parish Office, two members go to the home to assess needs, offer assistance of food, rent, utilities, guidance and hope to those experiencing difficulties. The St. James Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is affiliated with the Omaha District Council, which is affiliated with the international organization in St. Louis, MO, and the international headquarters in Paris, France.  Meetings are held every other Tuesday.

A special Thank You to our St. James family.  With your help we were able to visit 669 families this past year and help with medical costs, rent, MUD and OPPD bills.   We also helped these families with food that was donated to our food pantry and vouchers (for household items such as dishes, clothing and furniture) that they could use at our SVDP store located at 21st and Leavenworth.   We also take advantage of the HOPE sales and buy certificates for perishable food items that our pantry doesn't have.

Another heartfelt Thank You to everyone who donated a coat for our coat give-a-way held Nov. 4.  We average around 4000 coats given each year.   Last, but not least, we also thank everyone in advance for your help with meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas and angel gifts for Christmas: Catholic Daughters, Knights of Columbus, Community Concerns and all parishioners for your year-round monetary and food donations.

This time of year we could use food donations of canned fruit, pork and beans, pasta sauce and soup.   We could also use jelly to go with the peanut butter that is donated.   We tend to have more families in need of food all year round but especially in the summer and around the holidays.     SVDP, 402-572-0499, Ext. 18.

Pantry Sunday
Our parish Vincentians ask you to remember the hungry by bringing non-perishable food items and placing them in the blue containers in the church’s library for those without enough to eat, both within our parish and in the community.  Donations can be placed in the blue containers found in the church's library.  You can also help support this ministry by using the green and white monthly SVdP envelopes found in your church packets.   We especially need canned foods of pasta sauce, fruit, meat, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables and soups.     Thank you for all your donations thus far.   YOU make a difference.

Please do not help strangers with money.   If you are at Church or in the parking lot during regular business hours and someone should approach you asking for help, please send them to the Parish Office.   Parish Staff will call SVdP for them.

Here is an expanded list for more opportunities within the larger St. Vincent de Paul Society, always remembering that charity begins at home!

  • 1.  Parish Conference:  Contact St. James Parish Office.   SJ is blessed with one of the best conferences in the Archdiocese, but it can always use more help.
    a.  Join the St. Vincent de Paul Group
    b.  Help with Home Visits
    c.  Work with local agencies to find resources for unmet needs in your area
    d.  Solicit donations to be used by your parish group
    e.  Volunteer for the District Council Board of Directors
  • Main Food Pantry: Contact Bruce Noble, 402-490-1366
    a.  Receive, sort and shelf donations and deliveries
    b.  Assemble weekly bag distributions
    c.  Clean food pantry area and refrigerators once a week
    d.  Solicit donations of food and personal care items from various sources
  • Development: Contact Diane Mead, 402-689-6450
    a.  Help with fundraising activities
    b.  Solicit donations from private donors
    c.  Create new events
    d.  Write newsletter
    e.  Manage web site
  • Phone: Contact Anne Severes, 402-689-3301
    a.  Volunteer a couple of hours a week at the main office to clear the voicemail associated with the central HELP line,
    and respond by phone   to those calls.
  • Thrift Stores: Contact Louis Wright, 402-320-1318
    a.  Help with sorting donations
    b.  Help with pricing and hanging clothing
    c.  Clean the store area
    d.  Volunteer for Thrift Store Board of Directors
    e.  Help with marketing for the stores
  • PRAY!   Contact God
Contact Parish Office 
402-572-0499