Adult Faith Formation Committee

This committee meets six times per year on Tuesday evenings.   We plan adult faith formation Adult Faithprograms, including Bible studies, Sacrament studies and prayer studies. We review materials and set up speakers for St. James Parish.  When a speaker is coming to St. James, committee members set up the space and provide refreshments.

If you are interested in expanding your knowledge and understanding of the Bible and would like to share your faith with others, you may be interested in attending one of the parish Bible Studies that have various themes and that form throughout the year.

Contact Jo Kusek
402-572-0369
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St. James/Seton School

An integral part of the mission of St. James Parish is St. James/Seton School, which is supported by both St. James and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishes and educates over 600 students each year in a Christ-centered educational environment.  SJ/Seton promotes faith formation, academic excellence and service learning experiences for students.  At St. James/Seton School, students celebrate their Catholic faith as part of the school environment.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities associated with the school through the Total Board of Education and its subcommittees in the following areas: Faith Formation, Student Recruitment and Retention, Development, Finance, Public Relations, Home & School Association and the Athletic Association.  There also is a need for classroom parents, cafeteria workers, classroom helpers, etc.   For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities, contact the school office.  (Safe Environment Training required)  Visit sjsomaha.org

Contact 402-572-0339
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Bible Studies

If you are interested in expanding your knowledge and understanding of the Bible and would enjoy sharing your faith with others, you may be interested in attending one of the parish Bible studies that form throughout the year and have various themes.

Contact Jo Kusek
402-572-0369

Childrens Faith Formation Committee

This committee meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the St. James/Seton School conference room two or three times per school year to select vocation speakers and plan community service projects for the 5-day school and the Parish Religious Education  (P.R.E.) program. Adults do not have to have a child in the school or P.R.E. program to be part of this committee.   

Contact Jo Kusek
402-572-0369
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Parish Religious Education (P.R.E.) program

The mission of the Parish Religious Education program is to echo the message of Jesus and to share and guide the faith journey of the students.  Our goal is to help our children know, love and follow Christ and His Church.  We offer religious education for students in public schools or home schools in grades K-8.  There is one session of Parish Religious Education: 6:00-7:15 p.m. on Wednesday nights (corresponding to the OPS school year).  There are many opportunities to volunteer, such as: catechist (teacher), teacher aide, hall monitor, office worker, first-grade dismissal aides and parking lot attendants.  For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities, contact the P.R.E. office. Adults may be involved in the program even if they do not have children in the program . (Safe Environment Training required.)

Contact Jo Kusek
402-572-0369
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That Man is You!

That Man is You (TMIY) meets on Saturday mornings at 6:45 am in the Parish Center.   We begin with a light breakfast and coffee (bring your own mug) and fellowship.   A presentation will begin at 7:15 am and is followed at 7:45 am with breakout groups.   Men are invited to join TMIY anytime during the year.   Weekly topics are listed under the Adult Faith Formation page.

Contact

Andy Ryba
402-457-9357
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R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

RCIA is a process for an individual not baptized (a Catechumen) who wishes to be baptized, or a person who is baptized (a Candidate) in another faith tradition, or baptized in the Catholic Church who is seeking the sacraments (First Communion and/or Confirmation) in preparation for full communion with the Catholic Church.   Those seeking baptism are required to register for Pre-catechumenate classes January through March.   Candidates need to register by August in order to attend fall RCIA sessions.   Parishioners are welcome to participate by joining the RCIA teaching team or by signing up to be a sponsor for a catechumen or candidate when a sponsor is needed.

Contact

Fr. Tom Weisbecker
402-572-0499  
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St. James Little Flowers Girls Club

The Little Flowers Girls Club is based on the spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux.   Our goal is to teach Catholic girls from age 5 years and up about their Catholic heritage, faith, and traditions.   Activities include crafts, games, songs, prayer, and snacks.   Each month, the girls are introduced to a virtue and to a Saint who exemplifies that virtue.   For each new virtue learned, they will receive a petal badge to place on their sashes that will make a complete flower by the end of the year.   We meet after school in the St. James Parish Center from 3:15 until 4:30 hours on the fourth Monday of each month from September to May.   Adult and older student volunteers are needed to lead/assist at meetings, prepare snacks, and babysit the children of helpers.  Homeschoolers are welcome.  SET required. 

Contact Jenny Morrison
402-426-8152
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Marriage Ministry

Preparing couples for marriage is the goal of the Marriage Preparation Ministry at St. James.  Parish couples and individuals are trained to facilitate the in-parish program, “Marriage: A Journey for Life”.   Others serve as facilitators for FOCCUS, a tool to help couples identify and work through issues before marriage.   St. James marriage ministers are involved in the archdiocesan Natural Family Planning education and support.   Marriage ministers also promote the vocation of marriage in the parish, along with marriage enrichment programs.

Contact Deacon Randy and
Pam Grosse
402-498-3574

Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS)

This group offers women the opportunity to meet new friends and to develop relationship skills and a more defined sense of their own spirituality at a time when they are facing the challenges of raising a family.  Learn to share with mothers of all ages the stress, concerns and positive experiences that have influenced their personal growth.  MOMS is led by a team of facilitators, calling to mind the Trinity and its central focus in our lives and faith.  Topics discussed include: self-esteem, stress, worries and anxiety, spirituality and the sacredness of our call to motherhood, expressing values in friendships, and discernment of God-given gifts to serve the Church.  Many past MOMS groups continue to socialize and meet for prayer and support long after the initial journey.

Contact Stacy Cihunka
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St. James for Life Committee

The St. James for Life Committee is part of the archdiocesan and state Bishop’s Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities.  This committee educates parishioners on pro-life needs and issues and encourages participation in pro-life activities and ministries.  St. James for Life meets monthly except for December.

We participate in the Life Chain in October to peacefully and prayerfully witness to God’s gift of life.  We also sponsor an Advent Baby Shower to benefit crisis pregnancy services.  Parishioners donate baby food, clothing and diapers for infants and children. On the first Sunday of each month, we lead a Rosary for Life at 9:00 a.m.  We also participate in prayer vigils at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility located in our parish boundaries and at the Bellevue abortion facility.  We work to end abortion and celebrate the gift of life at all stages.

St. James ProLife is on Facebook!   Please join the group to stay up to date on all announcements and events going on.  No meeting for July - see you in August!  All are welcome. 

Contact

Caroline Parys  
402-572-1923
Mary Muckey
402-960-7722
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