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.  


Tuesday, January 22, is the 45th 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.


I Thank My God

Marilyn J. Dugan

+ Marilyn J. Dugan
August 16, 1931 - January 4, 2019

VIGIL SERVICE: Friday at 7pm at Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler, 7805 W. Center Road, Omaha, Nebraska
MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday at 12:00 Noon at St. James Catholic Church, 4710 North 90th Street, Omaha, Nebraska
Procession to Calvary Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Reception at the Mortuary after the burial.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Tournament

When : Sunday January 27th ~ 7:00pm
Where : St. James/Seton Gym
Who : Boys and Girls Ages 9-14
How : Shoot 15 free throws, (+3 warm ups)
Why : For fun mostly, but winners at each age and gender get a trophy and get to advance to the district shoot in February.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank all those who helped support our cause in 2018. We helped over 650 families with financial needs (rent & utilities), prescriptions, furniture and food. We delivered Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to 15 families and we gave some of these families gift cards so they could buy gifts for their children. None of this would have been possible without your help. Primary assistance recipients reside within our church boundaries.

Please note that our SVDP store in Benson will be closing, but the good news is that it will reopen in March 2019 next to Bakers at 90 & Fort. We are excited that the store will be closer! Items we no longer need in our own homes can be easily and conveniently donated to the store! We will no longer need to go downtown to donate! If interested, we would love to have help getting the new store ready! You can help sort and/or display items. Volunteer as often as you would like, once a week or once a month – whatever works best with your schedule. Volunteers save us money! In addition to not having to pay an employee, the store gives back a percentage to our St. James SVDP chapter, which helps those who call us for assistance. If you would like to volunteer, please call 402-341-1688 or call the SVDP line at St. James to leave your contact information.

Once again, thanks to all those who supported us, especially the parishioners of St. James, members of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters and those who supported our pantry. A special thanks goes to the members of the St. James Chapter of SVDP who gave of their time to visit these families. Please watch the Good News! for upcoming 2019 events!

St. James Chapter of SVDP

Welcome New Parishioners!

Allen & Jordan Cogswell
Beau & Erin Denker
Charlie & Danielle Krueger
John & Leesa Schmitt
Drew & Megan Vermeer
Pauline Zanda
Raquel Buckholtz
Bobby & Vanessa Bride
Jim & Maureen Nemetz
Andrew & Morgan Nielsen

Early Monday AM Mass eliminated

Because of the shortage of priests, we will be eliminating the 6:30 a.m. Monday morning Mass starting January 7th. Monday is Fr. Frank Baumert’s and my day off so Fr. Knecht will say the 8:15 a.m. Mass at St. James and the 5:30 p.m. Mass at SEA on Mondays.

Parish Center Kitchen Remodel

Heads Up!

Parish Center Kitchen Remodel

Thanks to the hard work, dedication and years of saving, the Funeral Luncheon Crew is able to provide the funding to partially remodel the Parish Center Kitchen!

The dishwashers will be replaced in January during daytime hours—more specific dates to follow.

If you have meetings/groups scheduled, you may want to consider using disposable plates/utensils/cups, as the large sink and the dishwashers will be unavailable to use.

Siena Francis Stocking Project

Thank you to all those who generously donated to the Siena Stocking Project! Whether you donated time, made some scarves, bought a package of socks, gave other needed items, or donated cash, all were greatly needed! Whether big or small, they all add up to the success of this project!

I‘m so excited to report that we made around 1,040 socks this year, which is the most we have ever made!! We had lots of new helpers & donators, and we are so grateful for all the enthusiasm the project inspired in 2018.

This project truly makes a difference in the lives of the men, women and children.

Thank you for supporting the Siena Francis Stocking Project!
- The Urbanski Family

St. James Annual Celebration of Marriage

St. James Annual Celebration of Marriage

Saturday, Febuary 9, 2019
Watch for more information.


“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.” ~ Saint Pope John Paul II

Trivia Night - 1/26/19

Trivia Night 2019!
Catholic Daughters Court #2604
Saturday, Jan 26th ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. James Parish Center

- Cost - $15 per person
- Complimentary drinks & popcorn.
- Feel free to bring your own food.
- Decorate your table/dress up your team!
- Bring extra cash for raffle & buying answers!
- Must be 21 to play.
- Signups after Jan 19/20 Masses

For more Information call Cathy at 402-661-9611.

Praying for our Priests

The following is an excerpt from Praying for Our Priests regarding the use of the Stations of the Cross to pray for our parish priests:

It is not possible for any lay person, male or female, to grasp or comprehend fully the sublime vocation to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ or what it means to live out this calling. Each of us, in a very real sense, is called to live our lives walking with Jesus up the hill of Calvary. But it is a deep reality – a deep and sacred reality - that those ordained to the priesthood will, “in persona Christi,” lay down their lives for others. We, as laity, can never enter fully into the mystery of the life of a priest, but we might, on occasion, discover a “window” through which we catch a glimpse or gain a little deeper understanding of his life as he lives it on the road to Calvary with Jesus.

For the next several weeks, short Stations of the Cross meditations will be offered for our parish priests.

The Way of the Cross

Lord Jesus Christ, You entrusted Your Church to the apostles, Your first priests, and willed that they and those who would follow after them should take up their Cross and follow You. To this day, this sacrificial nature of Your Holy Priesthood remains unchanged. Grant, O Lord, that, through the merits of these prayers and meditations on Your passion and death, Your priests may come to love You more deeply and follow You more faithfully. We ask this through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, the first to make this Way of the Cross with You. Amen.

More resources for how to pray for our priests are available at: www.prayingforourpriests.org

Deaconate Formation

Deaconate Formation
Peter Kennedy
Lord, please bless him that his formation will fully prepare him to love and serve You.

Children’s Choir is Back!

St. James is excited to once again provide an opportunity for a children’s choir this school year. Students in grades 3-5 and their parents are invited to an informational meeting on Sunday, September 23rd after the 9:30 am Mass in the Rehearsal Room. The choir will sing at the 9:30 am Mass the 4th Sundays of the month. For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Josie Clarey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the office, 402-572-0499 ext 22. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

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RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

We meet on Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m. beginning September 6th and we will explore the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Who comes to RCIA? 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 about the Catholic faith: non-Catholic, active Catholic, skeptical Catholic, young or mature, member or non-member. There are no costs, no obligations, no tests, and no pressure - just a gentle, non-coercive way of discovering the beauty and mystery of the Catholic Faith. Please invite a friend to join you on the journey.

Call Fr. Tom to register or if you have any questions, 402-572-0499.

Safe Environment Training (SET)

Safe Environment Training (SET)

Reminder: Ongoing ministry/employees/volunteers working with children must be Safe Environment Certified. Recertification must be completed before your certification cards expires. Individuals who were certified in the past but have not been active and wish to become active again have a 1-year grace period from the expiration date on the original certificate to be eligible for the video recertification. After that year expires, you will need to take the initial training class again.

Do you need to renew your Safe Environment certification or become certified?

If so, please register at omaha.cmgconnect.org for the class being offered Tuesday, January 29th from 6-9 p.m. in the St. James Parish Center!

There are also classes offered in the Omaha area throughout the year. Visit https://archomaha.org and click on the Safe Environment tab to find a class.

Questions? Please call the Chancery at: 402-558-3100 or email: 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.