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.  

Discovering Christ

Discovering Christ is an exciting opportunity to encounter our God in a deeper, more intimate way. St. James Parish will be offering this program on Sunday evenings this fall. It will include a meal, fellowship and and an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The program will run on Sunday evenings from 4pm to 7pm from September 23 though November 18.

We are in great need of team members and volunteers to help us make this program work. We need table leaders (5-7), hospitality volunteers (3-4), prayer and worship leaders (2), musicians (at least 2), people to prepare and donate meals and desserts on a weekly basis, and a team of people to pray for our efforts (1-100). If you think you can help us out, please contact Peter Kennedy at the parish office or email him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. James the Greater by El Greco

You may have noticed inside our church front doors a new painting on the wall. This is a famous painting of our patron saint St. James the Greater by El Greco from 1606. Some parishioners have donated this copy of the painting to us for our benefit. I hope you enjoy it. We will be putting a little plaque underneath it to explain who it is and what it is about.

El Greco was originally from Crete being born in 1541. He became a master of Post-Byzantine art and moved from Venice to Rome to Madrid and, finally, to Toledo, Spain in 1577, where he remained for the rest of his life. It was there that he painted his best known works including St. James the Greater. His style was quite unusual and unique for his time and was more appreciated by us in the 20th century. He died in Toledo in 1614.


St. James Parish Center, 6:30-10:30 p.m. This is for or everyone who has been involved in any way from 1976 to present. Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.R.E. Facebook

P.R.E. families, catechists and parishioners from St. James and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton are welcome to like and follow the P.R.E. Facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/St.JamesSetonPRE/ It will be fun to post pictures of our students and their activities this coming school year.

“Buen Camino”

“Buen Camino” is a greeting that means the right path or a good journey, and it is shared by pilgrims throughout Spain.

You may have noticed a short simple concrete pillar with blue and yellow tiles depicting a seashell and an arrow that was recently placed near our church entrance. (See image below) This is a replica of similar markers common in northwest Spain, and they provide information to thousands of pilgrims who are traveling the Camino de Santiago, (Way of St. James). The arrow on our replica points to the east in the direction of the great Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the tomb of our patron, St. James. The distance from our Church to the Cathedral is noted in kilometers. A quick conversion would show that to equal 4,272 miles.

The Camino is a Christian pilgrimage dating back to the Dark Ages, and it attracts many thousands of the devout annually. There are several variation of the traditional pilgrimage route. The most popular is known as the French path and it starts in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. To be officially recognized as completing the Camino, a pilgrim must walk at least the last 100 km. (62 miles), but many hike much further. A Camino passport is carried by each pilgrim and it is stamped in the churches and the towns along the way as proof of the journey. A final certificate is granted after the passport is verified.

Last summer Fr. Toby, Fr. Tom Fangman, and Fr. John Norman led a group of 30 Catholics from the Omaha area on the Camino. Nancy and Mark Franco from our parish were among those pilgrims. This marker is a gift to St. James church and a memory of that wonderful trip.

Parish Festival!

Next Sunday the 22nd is our Parish Festival. Everyone is invited to come and have a great time – bring some friends and have some friend time together. We‘ve always called this our Parish Picnic in the past, but it is so much more than a simple picnic. There are many games, bingo, climbing wall, Country Store bake sale, dunk tank, talent show, face painting, bouncy houses, raffle, and, of course, music. Some of these are indoors but most are outdoors. Oh, did I mention food? The food is spectacular! This year we will feature barbequed boneless pork loin sandwiches as well as the usual world famous onion rings, corn on the cob, roasted baby potatoes, veggies, fruits, cookies, Hyland ice cream, cotton candy, beer, and Coke products. This is why we now call this our St. James Parish Festival. It‘s a great time!

Gina Volenec

Hello! I am Gina Volenec, and although I have been in the parish for 23 years, I am absolutely certain that I have not met everyone! I would like to introduce myself as the new Volunteer Coordinator, Stewardship Coordinator and Good News! editor for St. James Parish.

Gardener’s Watering Schedule

Gardener’s Watering Schedule:
July 8-14: Jerry & Barb Warner
July 15-21: Sheila Pedersen and Betty Grillo
July 22-28: Grace Albers; Mary Muckey

Fr. Marcus Knecht

Hello, I’m Fr. Marcus Knecht, your new Associate Pastor.

I grew up going to public school in Forest City, Iowa (less than two hours east of Okoboji) and received my BA in Computer Science from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. I moved to Omaha in 2005 to work as a Technical Support Analyst. It was the perfect job for me and I thrived there for a while.

St. James became my parish and I quickly got involved in the many young adult activities and Bible studies offered throughout the archdiocese for growing in my faith and learning about it from an adult perspective. Faith has always been important to me and as I got older it also became important to share my Catholic faith, offering real answers to the misunderstandings that many have about it. I joined the local boards for Theology on Tap and the Pro Sanctity Movement. I also helped the Faithful Builders group for Habitat for Humanity. Traveling to many countries has been a blessing to me. It is almost a hobby. In my spare time I like to socialize by playing all sorts of lawn/card/board games. I'm not afraid to try new things.

Parish Library

Looking for some spiritual reading for the summer? Check out these books added to St. James’ Parish Library: Saintly Women for Modern Times and Relics by Joan Carroll Cruz, Sister Wendy’s Book of Saints by Sr. Wendy Beckett, and My Best Teachers Were Saints by Susan H. Swetnam. The library is by the restrooms; HOPE is sold there too.

South Entrance Church Doors LOCKED

South Entrance Church Doors LOCKED

In order to maintain a safe environment at Masses, the South entrance doors on Tomahawk Blvd will not be unlocked for Masses or other events going forward. You may still exit from these doors, but entrance into the church will now be through the main entry doors of the church only.

~Thank you and God Bless! 



It's time to start getting your acts together again for the second annual Parish Festival Talent Show!

Acts can be individual or in a group. Acts will be divided into the following categories: children (8th grade and under), youth (9-12th grades), adults (everyone older than 12th grade), and family/mixed ages. All acts must be strictly less than 6 minutes long, and they must be family-appropriate and in accord with the Church's values.

There will be auditions Saturday, July 21st. Top acts from each category will be chosen for the final performance at the festival. More information will be coming in the near future!

Lawn Crew #3

Lawn Crew #3, Saturday, July 21
Howard Lawler, Capt., 402-571-7763, Andrew Eihausen, Chris Goedken, John Heitz, Robert Klein, Sean Mitchell, Bob Nelson, Peter Nguyen, Dave Rossman, Rob Schmid, Mike Schartz, Steve Steinbruck, Scott Klein, Matt Moragues


*We have an immediate need for Adorers for the times noted in bold:
Monday: 12 noon-1 p.m., 2-3 p.m., *3-4 p.m.
Tuesday: *3-4 a.m. and *7-8 p.m.
Wednesday: 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.–12 noon, 12 noon-1:00 p.m
Thursday: 9-10 a.m., 1-2 p.m., 2-3 p.m., 7-8 p.m.
If you can’t commit to every week, please consider sharing an hour. We’d like to have two adorers for every hour (including from Sunday at 7:00 p.m. to Thursday at 12:00 midnight; also for various hours from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 a.m. M-T-W-Th). You are always welcome to stop in the Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration. Come as you are, invite Jesus into your heart, and He will do the rest.

NEW FEAST: Mary, Mother of the Church

NEW FEAST: Mary, Mother of the Church

“...Pope Francis has just declared that the Monday after Pentecost will, from now on, be always celebrated as the Memorial of Mary, the Mother of the Church (this year on May 21st). It is said that the Holy Spirit came upon Mary at least two times in a profound way; the first time at the time of the Annunciation when the child Jesus was conceived within her womb, and the second time when the disciples were gathered with her in the upper room at the time of Pentecost, when the Church was formed around her. This is a great new feast and really makes present Mary’s role in preparing the disciples for the coming of the Holy Spirit. They were as ready as they could be – and the Church was born.” ~ Fr. Tom

55 & Alive Party 7/21

How to keep golden agers active at St. James was the question 10 years ago and so 55 & Alive came to pass and it grew. We are going to celebrate all the good times we have had over these years after the 5:00 Mass on Saturday, July 21. It is going to be a magical evening with a delectable dinner, prizes, a few extra surprises -oh, yes- and magician Elliott Thomazin - all for only $12. If you have never attended a 55 & Alive party, this is a good time to give it a try! Please join us to start making memories for the next 10 years.

Be sure to make a reservation with Faye Ryba (402-571-2889) before Monday July 16.

Stewardship Annual Renewal Form

Click here to go to the St. James Stewardship website. Once there, click "Annual Renewal Form" button to fill out the 2018 stewardship form online.

Parish Festival!

Interested in becoming EMHC / Lector?

Are You Interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) or a Lector?

Call the Parish Office, 402-572-0499, ext. 22, to register for training.

Training Dates: (must attend one session)
Sunday, August 5, St. Columbkille, Papillion, 1:30 – 4:30 P.M.
Monday, August 13, St. Vincent de Paul, Omaha 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
Tuesday, August 21, St. Leo, Omaha, 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.

Mandation: (must attend)
Thursday, August 30, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, 7:00 P.M.

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