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, to register for the "New Member Registration Meeting."


Priesthood Sunday 10/28

Priesthood Sunday is October 28. With all the negative publicity over the last few months, it is certain that they would greatly appreciate us showing how thankful we are for them and for their ministry.

Some ideas that have been shared include a spiritual bouquet, a card, offering a mass for them, or other small remembrances such as offering rosaries, Chaplets, Holy Hours, fasting, or others.

A basket will be placed in the Narthex for parishioner offerings and these expressions of appreciation will be presented to our priests during Masses on the 28th.  

Faith Amidst the Storm

Faith Amidst the Storm
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
St. James Catholic Church

Join us for a panel discussion on the current crisis in the Church:

- Fr. Scott Hastings, Vicar for Clergy/Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Omaha

- Jackie Simmons, Advocacy Program Supervisor, Project Harmony Omaha

- Mary Beth Hanus, Victim and Outreach and Prevention Manager, Archdiocese of Omaha

- Sgt. Marlene Novotny, Special Victims Unit - Child Victims Squad, Omaha Police Department

All ADULTS are welcome to attend.

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

First Reconcilation Retreat 10/27

Second graders and their families are invited to attend an hour-long Reconciliation Retreat on October 27 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann‘s Parish Center. A note will be emailed to all families so that they can R.S.V.P. All are welcome, we just need to know the number coming so that there are enough materials and refreshments.

Thank you...

Thank you to the 30+ brave souls who weathered the rain and cold in the Life Chain on Sunday, October 7th. May God grant them many blessings for standing in the defense of the unborn!

St. James Rosary Chain

The St. James Rosary Chain is looking for new participants. Volunteers pray a designated mystery and a decade of the rosary each day for specific intentions. Time commitment is about ten minutes per day. The intentions are sent out via email so you need to have an email address to volunteer. If you would like to join this prayer ministry, please contact Shirley Simons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-572-1349

Pray for our Priests

We will gather for a Holy Hour for our priests and a presentation on the apostolate of Maria Regina Cleri, whose mission is prayer for our priests. Our meditation will focus on the joys and struggles of the priesthood, the bond/relationship between the pastor and his people, and the great need for the laity to respond to the current crisis with prayer for the sanctity, strength, and perseverance of our priests. With presentations by Sherry Brownrigg, Monsignor Bill Whelan, Vicki Herout, and Fr. Tom Weisbecker. Our evening will be guided by the book: Praying for our Priests by Msgr. Peter Dunne and Vicki Herout. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm at St. James Catholic Church.


“Ugliness in the Church” Talks

“Ugliness in the Church” - Let’s Talk About It…

In order to face what Archbishop Lucas has referred to as the “ugliness in the church.” St. James Parish will be addressing the Sex  Abuse Scandal in October. Please take note of the following dates and plan to attend. Details to follow in subsequent issues of the Good News!

Tuesday, October 23rd 7-9 p.m. Prayer for Priests
Sunday, October 28th 7-9 p.m. Sex Abuse Forum (Adults Only)


St. Elizabeth Ann Fall Boutique

St. Elizabeth Ann Fall Boutique
Sat. Nov. 3 ~ 9am-3pm
St. Elizabeth Ann Parish Center, 114th & Fort St.

We will have vendors with wonderful handmade craft items and homemade foods. There we also be several home-based business representatives participating. A raffle, concessions, and a bake sale will be available. Free Admission! Proceeds will support St. Elizabeth Ann Parish, St. James Parish and St. James/Seton School. Please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or if you are interested in being a vendor.

Deaconate Formation

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

October - The Month of the Rosary

October - The Month of the Rosary
The Legion of Mary will be leading the Rosary at 4:30 p.m. before the 5:00 Vigil Mass every Saturday in October for the Month of the Rosary.

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!

* Bulletin Publication Deadlines *

Please submit your article to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by 10 a.m. on the DUE date:

Issue Date   DUE Date (by 10am)
10/28/18   (past)
11/4/18   10/26/18
11/11/18   11/2/18
11/18/18   11/9/18
11/25/18   11/16/18

Let us know if you would like your article included on our Facebook Page!


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.

Weekly topics:
1) What is the Meaning of Life?
2) Why Does Jesus Matter?
3) What Does Jesus Want Us to Know?
4) Why Do I need a Savior?
5) Why is the Resurrection Important?
6) (Retreat) Who is the Holy Spirit?
7) (Optional) New Life in the Spirit
8) (Optional) Our Need for the Church

Contact Peter Kennedy in the parish office to register or for questions, 402-572-0499 ext.16, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

Preschool Sunday School

Preschool Sunday School at St. James (during the 9:30 Mass)

If you have a son or daughter ages 3-5 who is not yet in kindergarten, you are welcome to send them to our Preschool Sunday School program. We will offer this during the 9:30 Mass. Cost is $25 for Sundays,
September 9 through May 7 with some breaks for the holidays. Jo Kusek, Director of Religious Education,  will be in the narthex on Sunday, August 26 to take registrations.

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.

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. 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!