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.  

2018 Lenten Journey

St. James Parish 2018 Lenten Journey - Sacraments of the Church
Sunday Evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in St. James Catholic Church

February 18, Baptism and Confirmation - click here for video of presentation
February 25, Eucharist - click here for video of presentation
March 4, The Anointing of the Sick - click here for video of presentation
March 11, Holy Orders and Matrimony - click here for video of presentation
March 18, Reconciliation

February 18, Baptism and Confirmation.
Fr. Tom will show some slides showing the wonder of Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan and how it has affected human history. It was a truly extraordinary event, not only theologically but also geologically. The graces that flowed upon Him at His baptism also flowed upon you and me at ours, and it is important for us to grow in our understanding of these graces. He will also speak about how Confirmation truly strengthens these graces.

February 25, Eucharist.
Fr. Michael Voithofer will be presenting on the Sacrament of the Eucharist. As most everyone knows, he has a tremendous devotion to the Eucharist and he will combine his insights with a slide presentation that will deepen our love of our Savior who remains with us in this most Blessed Sacrament. All who have an hour of adoration and all those who are open to taking an hour are especially invited to this presentation.

March 4, The Anointing of the Sick.
Fr. Tom will speak about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament is important to us at many different levels: sicknesses, surgeries, mental illnesses, chronic illnesses, approaching death. Jesus told his disciples to anoint and heal the sick and we continue to do so. He will talk about when we can receive it, how many times we can receive it, who can receive it, what it does for us, and why it is important for us. He will also speak about the 4 last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. He will also go into Purgatory and Indulgences. We always want to be ready for the Final Battle: we just don’t know when.

March 11, Holy Orders.
Fr. Andrew Roza, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Omaha, will give his insights on promoting vocations, not only to the priesthood but also to the diaconate, religious, and consecrated life. He is a very good speaker and will fill us in about the profound eternal significance that comes from “answering the call.”

And Matrimony.
Deacon Randy Grosse and his wife Pam will talk about the Sacrament of Matrimony. They will delve into God’s eternal plan to have us share in his actions of creation and model for the world the love of Christ for His bride, the Church. They will also speak on the eternal significance of spousal and family love.

March 18, Reconciliation.
Fr. Toby will speak on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He will go into the history and the theology of the sacrament, the biblical basis for it, some concrete examples of Christ’s teachings on it, how to prepare well for it, the different kinds of sin and how it is healthy and healing to go regularly. This is one of the most misunderstood sacraments, and it is actually is a profound and wonderful gift to us to help us be always ready to answer God’s call in our lives.

The Shroud

Join us for a presentation on the Holy Shroud of Turin, with presenters Stan Isham, M.A.M. and Jim Bertrand, M.Ed, here at St. James on Palm Sunday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.

The Shroud itself is exactly 2 cubits by 8 cubits, a Jewish measurement commonly used in the 1st century. The visible wounds on the linen are consistent with the Gospel accounts and forensic science confirms that the bloodstains are real human blood from a man who had suffered a great loss of blood and was then laid in this linen after he had died. In the past 120 years, over 1,000 research articles have been published on the Shroud.

After seeing the facts, you can come to your own reasoned judgment regarding the question of authenticity. If one pursues a personal study of the Shroud, this can be a life-changing event, to the degree that we allow it to be. If it is the burial cloth of Jesus, then it is a precious relic. If it is not then it is an icon. Either way, it is a “sacramental.” In fact, the Shroud replica you will see has been blessed.

The point of the presentation is to answer the question, “How can I use the Shroud to deepen my relationship with Jesus?” The reality of the Shroud points us toward the reality of Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament - a harmony between our faith and our reason.

How Do I Make A Good Confession

How do I make a good Confession?

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (Confession) can sometimes feel like an obligation instead of an encounter with God’s mercy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Try these tips for a more joyful Reconciliation.

Examine your conscience. Compare your actions to the principles of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) and the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). Bring to the confessional the significant ways you have failed to live up to them.

Confess the small ones, too. Participating in the Sacrament frequently means that you may only have venial (minor) sins to confess. Confess them anyway. Piling up venial sins can lessen our resistance and pave the way for mortal sin. Confessing keeps our consciences sharp.

Express contrition and resolve to avoid sin. Ask for the grace to continue growing in holiness and avoiding evil.

The point of the Sacrament is to reconcile us with the God who loves us more than we can imagine, and who is always eager to forgive us. Confession helps us come back and begin again (GIF, March, 2018).

SJS Won!

For the 2nd year in a row, SJS has won the Spirit Catholic Radio Superstar Catholic School Award for 2018! SJS was presented with a trophy, $1,000 worth of promotion on their show, prayer cards for every student, and a $60 gift card to Mystic Monk Coffee. Way to go SJS! CONGRATULATIONS!

Parish Pictorial Directory - FAQs

1. To make an appointment online,  go to the Lifetouch member site:
2. Create  your own Login and Password!
3. Pick April or May , click on one and it takes you to the days with open appointments (darkened areas and "reserved" areas are not available). Choose the day and time you want.
4. If you need to change your appointment, simply return to the member site
and again use your personal Login and Password, then go to your current appointment and cancel it. After that, you can choose another day and time.
5. If you have NO COMPUTER . . . Call Lifetouch (not Saint James), at 1.800.521.4611, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to schedule a photo appointment. Before and after some of the weekend Masses, we hope to have parishioners available for data entry to help those who can’t sign up themselves.
6. Problems??? Call Lifetouch (not Saint James), at 1.800.521.4611, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7. Photo sessions - days: Photo sessions run April 9-14, April 16-21, April 30-May 5, and May 7-12, in the
Parish Center.
8. Photo sessions - hours: Weekday hours are: 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday hours are: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9. Props for your photos! Bring a beloved pet, bring props, bring your entire family for special family pictures.
Lifetouch does need to know if you have extra people (7 or more). All groups of seven (7) or more people take a
double appointment!
10. Extra pictures for personal use . . . Please be aware that the directory is only for pictures of parishioners.  Pets and some props might not be appropriate for the directory itself. Those pictures would be for your own personal use. Get an uptodate picture for work or gift-giving (for family, and friends).
11. What you’ll receive . . . (a) A FREE 8X10” photo, (b) FREE printed and electronic copies of the 2018 directory. These are professional photos, and a variety of poses will be taken.

Jesus’ Way to Cross and Tomb: A Visual Tour

During Holy Week, Christians remember Jesus’ journey to the cross and empty tomb, as recounted in the Gospels. To enrich our Holy Week reflection on Jesus’ final hours, this presentation combines comment on the Gospel passion accounts, artistic representations of Jesus’ passion, and photos of a scale-model of the Second Temple Jerusalem.

These will illumine the various episodes of Jesus’ passion, including their likely location within ancient Jerusalem, as well as the political dynamics and cultural meanings at work in the historical events and in the Gospel passion accounts. The presentation by Susan Calef, PhD., New Testament professor at Creighton University, takes place Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Servite Center of Compassion, 7400 Military Ave. Freewill offering.

Parish Pictorial Directory

Lifetouch is ready to take online appointments for parish pictorial directory pictures.

Click here for more information.

Triduum Choir Rehearsals

All Music Ministers, Celebration Choir members, and anyone who likes to sing are invited to join us to sing for any or all of the three Triduum services. Triduum Celebration Choir rehearsals, are held at 7:00 p.m.:
 - Monday, March 12 for Holy Thursday and Good Friday, rehearsal room;
 - Wednesday, March 21 for Holy Saturday, rehearsal room;
 - Monday, March 26, with instruments added, in church to rehearse for all three services.
Email Carol Drvol, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , to have music prepared for you.

Baby Blankets Are Needed

“Beginning Essentials” parenting programs empower women to care for their babies until they reach their 18-month

Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy is frightening for a woman who lacks the support of her boyfriend or family.

Women walk into our centers believing that no one cares about them or the child developing inside of them. It is an “aloneness” most of us have never experienced. A large part of our program centers around giving the gift of a blanket. Many EPS volunteers knit, crochet, and sew dozens of blankets for us, but our supply is drastically low. Any blanket donation you can give, of any kind, would be appreciated.

If you can help, contact us at: Essential Pregnancy Services, 6220 Maple St., Omaha, 68104.
     Office, 402.554.0121
     Donor site: friendsofeps.org
     Hotline: 402.554.1000
     Client site: essentialps.org

One-Minute Meditations and Prayers

Not the old life. When Jesus rose from the dead, he didn’t just resume his old life; he was given a new and glorious life. That is what awaits all those who follow him.

Ashes to ashes. To ancient Jews, wearing sackcloth and sitting in ashes showed repentance and humility, and acted as penance too. Today, wearing the ashes of Ash Wednesday is meant to show our repentance but also acts as a witness of our faith. Take the opportunity to explain the practice when others ask why you wear ashes.

Try forgiveness. The advice, “forgive and forget” isn’t easy to follow. Forgiveness means letting go of your anger so you are free to heal. Do you need to forgive anyone? Pray for the grace to forgive as God forgives you: freely, totally, and quickly. “He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” St. Faustina

A prayer for Lent. “God of all mercy and steadfast love, we do not always live the way you want us to. Forgive us. Help us during this season of Lent to examine how we can be more faithful followers of Jesus Christ, your son.
Guide us in our pilgrimage of discipleship. May our words and actions truly reflect your will for us. Amen.”  - The Essential Catholic Prayer Book, Liguori Publications

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign

‘40 Days for Life’ prayer campaign, February 14 to March 25 !!

St. James will stand in a peaceful vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood at 3105 N. 93 St. on Saturday, March 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You can sign up for an hour of prayer on the chart located in the church’s narthex. Signups will take place the weekends of March 10-11 and 17-18. Please consider committing to one hour of prayer to witness to the sacredness of Human Life. This can be a powerful spiritual Lenten exercise.

“Each time we stand outside an abortion facility, we’re at the scene of the cross.” St. John, Mary Magdalene, and the Blessed Virgin Mary stood at the foot of the cross affirming Christ’s dignity as He silently suffered and died.

Even though they couldn’t remove Our Lord from the cross, nor relieve His temporal suffering, they remained steadfast, offering Him the dignity that others had tried to strip from Him.

Witnessing at an abortion facility serves the same purpose. Babies are being lead to their deaths. We try to save them, but if that fails, our presence witnesses to the dignity that others try to strip from them. WILL YOU BE THERE?

Lenten Regulations

Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 14, and continues until the Easter Triduum (The Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29, and runs through Easter Sunday, April 1.)

The Law of Abstinence prohibits eating meat (but allows eggs, milk products, and sauces made with animal fat) and applies to all Catholics age 14 and older on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday.

The Law of Fasting allows a single full meal each day and two light meals at other times, but no solid food between meals. This applies to Catholics ages 18 through 59 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Stations of the Cross take place at 5:30 p.m. on all the Fridays of Lent.

Individual confessions are offered on Saturdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (More individual confessions will be scheduled soon.) Our Parish Communal Reconciliation Service takes place on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Rice Bowls from Catholic Relief Services are available in the narthex until we run out.

Living Stations of the Cross

XIV Ministries and St. James Catholic Church present XIV From the Crowd: A Meditation on the Stations of the Cross. Meditation includes traditional prayers, sacred music, and dramatic monologues. March 23, 7 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church.

Everyone is invited to come and see these live vignettes of the Passion of the Lord, a wonderfully moving experience.

2018 Lenten Journey

St. James Parish 2018 Lenten Journey - Sacraments of the Church
Sunday Evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in St. James Catholic Church

February 18, Baptism and Confirmation - click here for video of presentation
February 25, Eucharist - click here for video of presentation
March 4, The Anointing of the Sick - click here for video of presentation
March 11, Holy Orders and Matrimony - click here for video of presentation
March 18, Reconciliation

Parish Pictorial Directory

Lifetouch is ready to take online appointments

If you have an email account with St. James, we hope you’ve received a message about Lifetouch telling you about our parish pictorial directory. You can set up an appointment online to have your picture taken. Click here to go online and schedule your photo appointment.

If you need help setting up your login and password, call Lifetouch at 1.800.521.4611, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We will have parishioners for data entry for those making an appointment who don’t have access to a computer. An announcement will be made at the weekend Masses when the volunteers are available. Photo sessions are April 9-14, April 16-21, April 30-May 5, and May 7-12, in the Parish Center.

     1. If you have a picture taken, you receive a FREE 8X10” photo and a FREE printed and electronic copy of the 2018 parish directory.
     2. Families and individuals will be professionally photographed, and a variety of poses will be taken. You can purchase additional portraits for yourself, family, and friends, if you wish.
     3. Bring a pet, bring props, bring your entire family for a special family picture. All we need to know is that you have extra items/people for pictures. All groups of seven (7) or more people take a double appointment.

Three-point Plan for Holiness

All Christians are called to holiness. “Be perfect, as you heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). There are three tools on which every Catholic can rely to attain greater holiness.  

- Daily prayer.  God meets us in a very real and present way when we come to him in prayer. Start in the morning and pray throughout the day.  

- Weekly Mass.  The Mass is a sacrifice and a meal. We receive Jesus’ body and blood as real food for our souls. He said, “For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:55-56). That’s why we call it “Communion.”  

- Monthly Confession.  Jesus created the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (Confession) because he knew we would stray. He also knew we would want to come back. Frequent participation in this Sacrament sharpens our sense of sin, holds us accountable for our errors, and gives us the grace to keep trying for holiness. 

The New Evangelization

The New Evangelization utilizes ChristLife, Catholic Ministry for Evangelization which is a three step evangelization process changing lives and transforming parishes using new strategies with ardor, methods and expression.    For more information, please contact Josie Clarey at the Parish Office 402-572-0499 or find Josey's email address in the Good News.


Mass for Shut Ins

WOWT works with the Serra Club of Omaha to bring Mass for Shut Ins to Omaha.   It usually airs Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am although the time sometimes changes due to scheduling conflicts.   Be sure to check your cable guide or TV listings for each week's broadcast.

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.  

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