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, August 13 at 10:30 am in the Parish Center.  

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

Family Door Ministry Shoe Drive

Last weekend SJ Community concerns Committee handed out envelopes for the Family Door Ministry "Payless Shoe Gift Card Drive."   Your donation will help provide shoes for inner city school children.   If you forget to turn your envelope in this weekend, they can be placed in the collection basket at all Masses next weekend, too!

Camino Presentation July 26

All are invited to come and enjoy Fr. Toby's multi-media "Walk-through" of the Camino de Santiago on Wednesday, July 26 at 7 pm in the Parish Center.   Fr. Toby will share his recent experience of this pilgrimage to the tomb of our parish patron, St. James the Greater, along with some of its history.   Refreshments will be provided.

Join us for RCIA


RICA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.   This is a weekly meeting on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm in the Parish Center where we explore the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Who comes to RICA?   While RCIA is meant to be focused on non-Catholics who are inquiring about the faith, it is also a great opportunity for Catholics to learn more about their faith.   We invite and welcome anyone who wants to learn more!  There are no costs, just a gentle way to discover the beauty and mystery of the Catholic Faith.   Invite a friend!   Call Fr. Tom to register or if you have any questions at 402-572-0499.

The New Evangelization


Next meeting is Thursday, July 27 at 7 pm in the Parish Center.

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.

Understanding What the New Evangelization Is
The New Evangelization is a call to share the unchanging Truth of Jesus Christ using new strategies (ie technology, social media, etc.) with new ardor, new methods and new expression so that Jesus Christ and His love can be accessed by all.

Information and Prayer session Launches the New Evangelization.
As we begin praying, planning and preparing, we held an information and prayer session.   If you couldn't come but feel a call to help further these efforts and apostolates in our parish, please call and get involved!   This will be an important time of fellowship and prayer in our parish as we prepare for what God wants to do at St. James.   For questions, please contact Josie Clarey at the Parish Office, 402-572-0499.  

What can You do?  Pray: offer up prayers, activities or certain parts of your day for the mission of evangelization at SJ.   Begin asking Jesus how He is calling  you to put out into the deep and be prepared to be challenged.   Scripture passages to pray with include Luke 4:1-11, Romans 10:13-15, Ephesians 2:10 and 2 Thess 2:1-10.  

Read: the Church has priceless and valuable resources in terms of books and videos for us to learn and grow in our faith.  Ask for recommendations!  Scott Hah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v+i_oJF7ghgWM or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qwyx1igxYY

 Also, LISTEN.   Start listening to what God is putting on your heart and the hearts of those around you   How can we best serve the people God has entrusted to us?

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

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.

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       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.