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 Tuesday, July 11 at 7 pm in the Parish Center.  

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

Picnic Talent Show!!!

Calling all performers - it's time to get your act together!   This year's parish festival on Sunday, July 23 will feature a parish talent show.   Acts can be individual or in a group.   They will be divided into the following categories: Children 8th grade and under, Youth 9th to 12th Grade, Adults (all older than 12th grade).   All acts must be strictly less than 6 minutes long and must be family-appropriate and in accord with the Church's values.   There will be auditions on Saturday, July 22 and the top acts from each category will be chosen for the final performance at the festival.   More information will be coming!   Contact Fr. Toby with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Peter's Pence June 24/25

Our second collection June 24/25 is for Peter's Pence which provides Pope Francis with the funds he needs to carry out his charitable works around the world.   The proceeds benefit our brothers and sisters on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression and disaster.   Please be generous.   For more information visit www.usccb.org/peters-pence

Pray Ball June 25

The Nebraska Knights of Columbus present the I-80 Collar Series on Sunday, June 25 at Haymarket Park in Lincoln.   Fr. Tom, Fr. Toby and priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha will take on priests of the Diocese of Lincoln in a softball matchup to support vocations.   The game will start at 6 pm with tailgating at 1 pm.   Tickets are available at Gloria Deo, Gianna's Java and Gelato and at www.Saltdogs.com/I-80.   Tickets are $10 or $30 for a family pack and can also be purchased at the park the day of the game.

Christ Life Meeting TONIGHT!

St. James + New Evangelization = ChristLife
We are excited to begin launching evangelization and discipleship efforts here at St. James!   We will utilize ChristLife, Catholic Ministry for Evangelization.   The ChristLife series is a three step evangelization process that is changing lives and transforming parishes.   The series consists of three essential elements: discover, follow and share.

Information and Prayer session Launches the New Evangelization.
As we begin praying, planning and preparing, we would like to invite you to come to an information and prayer session on Thursday, June 22 at 7 pm in the Parish Center.   If you feel a call to help further these efforts and apostolates in our parish, please come.   This will be an informal time of fellowship and prayer as we begin preparing for what God wants to do at St. James.   For questions, please contact Josie Clarey at the Parish Office, 402-572-0499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Joy of Gospel Continues!

The Joy of the Gospel: Living Out Our Pastoral Vision
As St. James embarks on New Evangelization efforts, please join Seminarian Bill Cremers for a five week session on what the New Evangelization is all about.   Sessions began Wednesday June 21 from 7-8:15 pm and run through July 19.   Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, published in 2013, offers us a vision of the Church that directly influences Archbishop Lucas's pastoral vision for the Archdiocese.   What does it mean to "encounter Jesus' and "equip disciples"?   How can our Church live mercy in our troubled times?   Seminarian Bill Cremers will include teaching, discussion and prayer, leading us to discern what we can do for our parish and community.   All are invited to come when they can, especially young adults and college students.   For more information, contact Josie Clarey at the parish office, 402-572-0499. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bundle Sunday June 24/25

SVDP is having a Bundle Sunday the weekend of June 24 and 25.   Now that school is out, go through the house and see what you don't need.   We take everything as long as it is in good condition, but not TVs and mattresses.   Clothing and furniture is always in demand.   Most of the people we help live in the poorest parts of the city.   We have families coming in August who shop for school clothes for their children and if you don't want to store those winter coats, put them in a bag for our coat give-a-way in November.   Last year we gave away over 4,500 coats to needy families.   The SVDP truck will be in the SJ south parking lot for you to drop off items.   If you have more than you can haul, call SVDP at 402-341-1688 and they will schedule a pick up time right from your front door!

Website Sponsorships Available!

  • In the weeks ahead, our parish representative from Solutio, Inc., will be setting up the advertising for our website for the year.
  • Please consider participating in this effort since the revenue from the ads is what makes the website possible at no cost to the parish.
  • It’s a great way to get your name in front of the families in the parish.  Advertisements may be purchased for a business, family memorial, or you can sponsor an ad supporting Catholic Charities, Knights of Columbus, Vocations, etc.
  • Please give these ideas some thought. We need and appreciate your help!  If you are interested or just curious as to prices and want more information, please contact 402.513.9428 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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EMHC and Lector Training

Would you like to become an EMHC or Lector?   To register or for more information, please contact Josie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-572-0499, ext. 22.

Training Dates (Must attend one):
  Sunday, August 6, 1:30 - 4:30 pm, St. Columbkille, Papillion
  Tuesday, August 8, 7 - 10 pm, St. Leo, Omaha
  Monday, August 21, 7 - 10 pm, St. Vincent de Paul, Omaha

Mandation (Required)
Thursday, September 7, 7 pm, St. Cecilia Cathedral

Picnic Help Needed!

Need Service Hours?   We need help before, during and after the picnic with selling tickets, prepping the food, setting up tables, bussing the tables, serving, managing the games, cleaning up the kitchen.   We have jobs for all ages!

Join the PICNIC COMMITTEE - Position open for a volunteer coordinator.  We have lists of people who have helped in the past and get offers for help each year.   We need someone to coordinate the names with the jobs and make sure we have the help we need.   We especially need someone who is familiar with the kids who can help sign them up and match them with games, etc.   Call Jim or Evetta McKinley for more information at 402-571-2595.

Children's Liturgy Help!

We are looking for volunteers to lead 6-9 year old children at the 5:30, 9:30 and 11:30 Masses.   Leaders will read Mass readings, provide a condensed homily and have children offer up prayer intentions.   We need two adult leaders per Mass.   A current Safe Environment Training Certificate is required.  Contact Phil Burris at 402-739-0441 or Karla Burris at 402-679-1793. 

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.

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       Cpl Nicholas Dotzler, Marine Corps    
PFC Matthew Morrison, Marine Corps             CDR James Dohm, Navy

SVDP Needs Food

We can use the following nonperishable foods: breakfast foods, mac & cheese, pasta and sauce, canned fruits, pork and beans (no glass please).

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.