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.  Next meeting Sunday, December 17 at 10:30 am in the Parish Center.  

To begin registration call the Parish Offices, 402-572-0499.  

2nd Annual Gift Wrapping 12/10

It's a WRAP!   Catholic Daughters Our Lady of Faith Court #2604 presents the 2nd Annual Gift Wrapping Event in the Parish Center Family Room on Sunday December 10 from 7 am to 1 pm.   Bring your gifts and we will wrap them while you are at Mass!   Free will donations appreciated.   Cathy at 402-661-9611

National Night of Prayer 12/8

The National Night of Prayer for Life unites our prayers with Catholics throughout the country, to bring an end to abortion and the world back to Christ.   This special prayer takes place Friday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, from 8 pm to Midnight in the Adoration Chapel.   Special prayers will be led by SJ for Life members at the beginning of the hours of 8, 9, 10 and 11.   The evening will close with Benediction at midnight.   Please sign up for an hour of prayer this weekend in the narthex.

Advent Baby Shower 12/3-12/24

The Advent Baby Shower begins Sunday December 3 and ends Sunday, December 24.  Suggested gifts for newborns to 5 year olds include: hooded bath towels, bibs, blankets, booties, bottles, crib sheets, preemie to large disposable diapers, Enfamil w/iron, Lipil, Similac or Advance formula, maternity vitamins, baby shampoo & lotions, onesies, rattles, sleepers, socks, pajamas, snowsuits, coats and toys.   Leave your new or gently used items unwrapped in the bassinet by the nursery.   Cash donations for car seats, cribs, etc. can be put in an envelope marked "Advent Shower" and placed in the collection basket at Mass.   Checks should be made out to SJ.   We cannot accept used strollers, cars seats or cribs.  Mary Muckey 402-498-9326

 

15th Anniversary Celebration 12/1

It has been 15 years since our new church was dedicated on Dec. 1, 2002.  On special anniversaries, the Church encourages solemn remembrances and so we will celebrate in a formal way this year.  The 8:15 am Mass on Dec. 1 will be celebrated as a Solemnity, with music and a reception.   All are invited to come and relive this significant event in our history.   We are proud of our beautiful worship space which draws many people.  SJ encourages many to stay at SJ.   Please come and join us on Dec. 1.

Christmas Angels November 25

Again this holiday season, SJ parishioners have the opportunity to live the meaning of Christmas through participation in the Christmas Angel Project.   Many angels will be available for adoption so you can provide a gift to a less fortunate adult or child.  Shopping for the angel gifts makes a wonderful family activity to share the virtues of generosity and compassion.   Get ready, the ANGELS will arrive the weekend of November 25!

Life Line Screening 1/10/18 at SJ

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community based preventive health screenings will be at SJ on Wednesday, January 10.   Life Line Screenings go beyond regular checkups to look inside your arteries for signs of plaque buildup.  It is simple, painless and non-invasive.  The 5 screenings for $139 includes:
     Carotid Artery/Plaque Screening, an ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries
     Heart Rhythm Screening for irregular heart beat
     Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
     Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening in the lower extremities
     Osteoporosis Risk Assessment, ultrasound screen of the heel bone
Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.   Register today by calling 1-866-229-0469 and receive your "Community Circle" discount and your preferred appointment.

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Join us for Mass at 9 am on Thanksgiving Day.   We invite you to bring the bread and wine that you will serve at your Thanksgiving dinner and place them on the steps of the altar for a special blessing.

HyVee Cash for Students 2017

HyVee is once again sponsoring the Cash for Students program.  We will collect cash register receipts dated Sept 1, 2017 through December 31.   HyVee will donate $1 for every $200 spent.   Receipts can be dropped in the "HyVee Receipts" tub located in the church library or the Home & School Tubs at school.   Thank you for your support.

Good News Giveaway

Every Monday in 2017 between 10:30 am and 7 pm, bring in the Good News Bulletin from Sunday and receive on FREE Chocolate Chunk Cookie or Icedream Cone at Chick-fil-A in Sorensen Park Plaza.   One FREE offer per person, per visit.   Not valid with any other offer.

H.O.P.E. in 2 years $24,000!!!

There will be no HOPE scrip card sales the weekend of Nov 25/26.   Plan ahead and buy your cards this weekend.   And start planning your needs for Christmas!   in 2016-2017 Hope contributed $4664.91 in tuition credits for both Parishes!!AND  in 2016 and 2017 Hope contributed $24,000 to St. James Catholic Church! 

It's time to start thinking about holiday shopping.   Place your order online for pick up next weekend and don't forget babysitters, teachers, mail carriers, dance instructors, coaches, priests and others!  Purchasing HOPE certificates does not cost, it pays!  For example a certificate you purchase for $100 could earn anywhere from $2 to $10 for our parish/education programs.   If  you already participate in the HOPE program, THANK YOU!  If you are new to HOPE, this is a great time to give it a try and see how easy stewardship with Hope can be.  HOPE phone messages are taken 24 hours a day  402-572-7897 o or shopwithscrip.org

H.O.P.E. (Helping our Parish Excel) has certificates for your every need!   Clothing, furniture, school supplies, food and even BP fuel cards.   An easy way to use H.O.P.E. is to use www.Shopwithscrip.com to order online and www.MyScripWallet.com to order using your Apple or Android device using our enrollment code F553DFF21229.    For more information about HOPE, please look under "About Us" and follow the listing for HOPE.   You can also download the order form and send it to the H.O.P.E. Office.  The Order Form lists all the vendors participating in our Scrip program.

The New Evangelization


We are excited to begin launching evangelization and discipleship efforts here at St. James!   We will utilize ChristLife, Catholic Ministry for Evangelization which is a three step evangelization process changing lives and transforming parishes.   The New Evangelization is a call to share the unchanging Truth of Jesus Christ using new strategies with ardor, methods and expression so that Jesus Christ and His love can be accessed by all.    As we build a culture of Evangelization and Discipleship, we are meeting weekly to pray and study with the book, Divine Renovation, by Father James Mallon (materials provided).    Meetings are Tuesdays from 7-8:30 pm.   For more information, please contact Josie Clarey at the Parish Office 402-572-0499 or find Josey's email address in the Good News.

 

Access to Formed

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. James Parish have a year's subscription to "Formed."   
All of these programs are "just a click away!"   Go to www.formed.org and enter the parish code, 67e4f3 and then complete a profile for yourself and create a password.  

Pray for our Seminarians

Please pray for our Seminarians as they prepare for a lifetime of service in the Church: Nicholas Phillips, Padriac Stack.

Christmas Messages for SJ priests

If you would like to send a Christmas Card to our current and former pastors and priests, here are their addresses:

Fr. Bill Fitzgerald, 4800 N. 68 St., #133, Scottsdale AZ  85251

Fr. Michael Grewe, 701 N. 40th St., Omaha, NE  68131

Fr. Raphael Walsh, OSB, 22520 Mt. Michael Road, Elkhorn, NE  68022

Fr. James V. Brown, OAR, Mary Health of the Sick, 2929 Theresa Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA  9l320  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fr. Richard Reiser, 5801 Oak Hills Drive, Omaha, NE   68137

Fr. Roger Kalscheuer, 811 W. 23rd Ave., Bellevue, NE  68005

Fr. Tom Weisbecker and Fr. Toby Letak, 9025 Larimore Ave., Omaha, NE   68134

Fr. Michael Voithofer, St. Gerald's Catholic Church, 7859 Lakeview St., Ralston, NE  68127

Prayers for Our Military & Law Enforcement

As a parish family, we pray for all who serve in the military and law enforcement.   Please call the Parish Office, 402-572-0499, ext. 12, with the name of your parishioner in the military or law enforcement.   We will add them to our prayer list which we'll include periodically in the Good News.

Capt. John Schmidt, Army     Jake Boer, Army      Cpl Nicholas Dotzler, Marine Corps
PFC Matthew Morrison, Marine Corps             CDR James Dohm, Navy
Jon Royle, Nebraska State Trooper          Christopher McGuane, Nebraska State Trooper
Major Eric Glassman, Army             Sean Glassman, Omaha Police Officer
Colton McCoy, Marine Corps

SVDP Needs Food

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.  

If you would like to help support the SJ SVDP Chapter with a monetary donation, please us the envelope in your Church packet or write SVDP on an envelope and enclose your donation.  Any donation is welcomed.   Thank you!

Our SVDP blue bins in the Library are for our food pantry.   If you have articles that are not food related or if you have household items that you'd like to donate, please call 402-341-1688 for information on where to drop off your donations or to schedule a pickup.   All donations are appreciated.   Thank you!

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