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.  

SJ/SEA Melodrama 2018

Performance dates for “Your Mine is Mine,” or “There’s No Place Like Nome” and the Olio, “Different Strokes for Different Folks!” are February 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 at Sokol Auditorium, 13th & Martha Street. Thursday, Friday, Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday performance begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $23, except Thursday. “NEW” Thursday tickets are $18. Bus tickets are available each night, round trip, from St. James Church parking lot for $5.00 per person. For tickets: call Lil Chatfield, 402-493-3326

A Day of Penance 1/22

Monday, January 22, 2018, is the 44th Anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s infamous ruling legalizing abortion during all nine months of pregnancy (Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton). The US bishops have designated this day as a day of penance for the violations to the dignity of the human person, committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.


World Marriage Day 2/10

St. James Parish Celebration of Marriage

World Marriage Day

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Social at 6:30 - Dinner and Program at 7:00

Reservations are $30 per couple

Call the Parish Office at 402-572-0499


55 & Alive!

It's January. The merriment of the holidays is past. It's cold and dreary with spring months far away. BUT WAIT-- 55 & Alive is having a party January 20th at 6:30 p.m. Fr. Dave Korth, former director of St. Augustine Indian Mission will be there. He is going to play the Native American flute for us.

Please call in your reservation to Faye Ryba at 402-571-2885 by Monday, January 15th.

With a hearty dinner, Father's music, prizes and the company of a great group of people (all for only $12), you will love winter again!

Parish Pictorial Directory

We are preparing for our 5-year parish pictorial directory (the last one was in 2013), and we want to include everyone in our picture section, so please check the following dates when photographers will be here at St. James:

April 9-14, April 16-21, (skip a week), April 30-May 5, and May 7-12.
Times are Monday through Friday, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday’s 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We are telling you way ahead of time because we know how hard it an be to corral your busy family members—especially college students. Plan now to have individual/family portraits taken.

Trivia Night - 1/26 (Catholic Daughters)

Adopt a three-point plan for holiness in the New Year

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.

Who Needs Icy Weather?

Who Needs Icy Weather?  This winter we have already experienced icy conditions that have caused major traffic issues for our streets, specifically in our neighborhoods.  There has also been an increase in emergency room visits related to these events.  It is a good idea to review our travel habits.   

Don’t go out if you don’t have to!  This includes stepping outside of your own home when sidewalks, driveways, porches and decks can become a hazard.  

If you do need to go out, dress accordingly, wearing proper footwear that has some sort of rubber tread to reduce slippage. Take your dress shoes in a separate bag and change into them after you arrive at your destination.  Wear warm clothing: hats, gloves, warm coats.  If you are cold, you tend to overlook safety and rush to your destination.

If surfaces are icy, consider walking on grassy areas.  These will still be slick, but will potentially be safer than hard surfaces.   Avoid surfaces that have little sun exposure.  These areas will be the last to melt and dry up.  Parking stalls tend to be icy longer due to vehicles blocking the sun and treatment.  Salting and sanding only work if certain temperature and sun exposure situations exist, so it is important to treat any hard service with care.  Be alert!  Be cautious!  Be safe!

Mass for Shut Ins usually airs Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am on WOWT 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.  

Pray for our Seminarians

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

Rosaries Needed

Rosaries are being requested by our homeless and low-income neighbors in need through a program called ODM Streets of Omaha.   Please consider making this a group or school project or donating rosaries individually.   A basket will be placed on the windowsill in the Church Library and checked weekly.   All rosaries will be placed directly in the hands of the poor, thanks to you!   Sandy Powers 402-250-7000

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              Matt Nass, Omaha Police Officer         Mike Nass, Omaha Police Officer

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.