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.  

Annual Appeal Goal Met!

Host a Catholic Exchange Student!

Global Outreach is a Catholic exchange program matching excellent students from Eastern Europe with Catholic American families. These students spend one academic year in an Omaha archdiocesan high school, living with a Catholic family, learning to be servant leaders for their communities in former Communist countries. Host families are still needed for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Please contact Monsignor James Gilg at 402-618-0607 or Craig Boro at 402-556-1554. Thank you!

Christians Encounter Christ

Christians Encounter Christ is an opportunity for every Catholic or Christian who wishes to strengthen and ignite their faith! It is a combined effort of laity and clergy offering a personal encounter with Jesus over a 2 1/2 day weekend experience, beginning on Friday evening and ending on Sunday night. It is open to persons of all faiths. You are strengthened spiritually as you live and study with priests and laity with talk, discussion, prayer and song.

Held at the Archdiocesan Retreat and Conference Center, Omaha. The weekend is an all-inclusive cost of $80. Upcoming weekend dates:  Men’s: March 8-10, 2019; Women’s: March 22-24, 2019.
Visit: http://www.cecomaha.org/

Parish Mission 2019

First Communion Practice

There will be practice for First Communion on Saturday morning, March 30 in St. James Church. Families scheduled for the 11:30 Mass should come at 9:30; families scheduled for the 2:00 Mass should come at 10:30. At least one parent should stay for the practice also. Please call or email Jo if you are unsure about your child’s First Communion time.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Igniting The Flame

What happens to the prayers we place in the prayer basket located in our St. James Chapel?

The prayers in the prayer basket remain in the chapel, in the presence of the Lord, for an entire year. On Holy Saturday, all of the prayers are collected and used to start the fire at the beginning of the Easter Vigil Mass. As the smoke rises, the prayers are lifted toward Heaven. From these flames, we light the Easter candle, and upon entering the darkened church, the Easter candle lights our own individual candles—soon the church is illumined with Christ’s light. This is a beautiful and sacred tradition.

Sacraments Talks

Sacraments of the Church

Baptism and Confirmation - click here for video of presentation
Eucharist - click here for video of presentation
The Anointing of the Sick - click here for video of presentation
Holy Orders and Matrimony - click here for video of presentation
Reconciliation - click here for video of presentation

Baptism and Confirmation.
Fr. Tom shows 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 also speaks about how Confirmation truly strengthens these graces.

Fr. Michael Voithofer presented on the Sacrament of the Eucharist. As most everyone knows, he has a tremendous devotion to the Eucharist and he combines 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 view this presentation.

The Anointing of the Sick.
Fr. Tom speaks 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 talks 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 also talks about the 4 last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. His presentation will also go into Purgatory and Indulgences. We always want to be ready for the Final Battle: we just don’t know when.

Holy Orders.
Fr. Andrew Roza, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Omaha, gives 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.”

Deacon Randy Grosse and his wife Pam talk about the Sacrament of Matrimony. They 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 also speak on the eternal significance of spousal and family love.

Fr. Toby speaks on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. His presentation also goes 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.