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.  

Congratulations Mary Ann Dunning!

Congratulations Mary Ann Dunning!
2019 St. James Outstanding
Catholic Woman of the Year!

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Walk the Footsteps of Jesus with Fr. Tom!
Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps and see Him in the works He performed - your footsteps will become His.
Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!
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Congratulations to our St. James Seton class of 2019!
We all look forward to seeing the many great accomplishments these students will have in the future.
Thanks also to their parents for the years of continued support of SJS.
Your support and sacrifice is indeed noticed and appreciated.

The Ascension of the Lord!

Holy Day of Obligation Mass Times

Wednesday, May 29 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 30 - 6:30 a.m.
  8:15 a.m.
  6:00 p.m.

Liturgy Ministers Training

Training for New Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors

If you are interested in serving as a Lector and/or EMHC, please contact the parish office:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-572-0499 by Monday, July 15.

Training will be in early to mid August and mandation on August 29.

SVdP Store Is Now Open

Our SVDP store is now open next to Bakers at 90 and Fort. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help sort the items please take a moment to go into the store or call and sign up. We've had people donating items and are in need of volunteers to sort. Remember that your time is credited to the charity of choice. They in turn can give out a voucher for items in store. Thanks to all those who are giving of time, talent and treasure to our SVDP chapter so they are able to continue in their work.

Fr. Tom’s Wish List

Encounter Jesus through Fr. Tom’s Wish List
(highest priority needs of our parish)

  • Everyone attend Mass every Sunday and all Holy Days
  • Growth of Discovering Christ Program
  • Have more children enroll in our preschool and 5 day school
  • More youth for Overflow
  • More people join the RCIA Program and the Catholic Church
  • Increase the number of Ministers: EMHCs, Servers, Music, Ushers
  • New members for Knights of Columbus
  • New members for Catholic Daughters
  • New members for the Community Concerns Committee
  • Increase the number of volunteers for the Parish Festival
  • Regardless of amount, big or small, everyone make a financial commitment to St. James

Celebrate Fr. Grewe’s 40th Anniversary!

Fr. Michael Grewe, St. James Pastor from 1996-2005, will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination! He would like all to join in the celebration!

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 11:30 Mass
St. Cecelia Cathedral
701 North 40th Street, Omaha

Reception will follow in the Parish Center

Need a Spiritual Get-away?

See the opportunities available at Saint Benedict Center, Schuyler, NE

www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Happy Mother's Day!


Unprotected: A Pope, the Pill and Perils of Sexual Chaos

This powerful film about Humanae Vitae reveals the devastating effects of 50 years of the sexual revolution, and the counter-cultural movement today that is rising from its ashes. Unprotected features moving stories and inspiring commentary by Christopher West, Damon Owens, Jason and Crystalina Evert and many others. This 80 minute DVD is by Ignatius Press. St. James Parish has five DVDs; please contact Jo Kusek at 402-572-0369 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check one out. Junior High and High School students should watch this with an adult.

Congratulations Deacon Kennedy!

I was born in Gainesville, GA just north of Atlanta on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. I grew up moving all over the country with my father's coaching career: Waterbury, Connecticut; Tacoma, WA; Gastonia, NC; Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, IA; Collegeville and Minneapolis, MN; Lincoln, NE; Yonkers, NY; Fairfax, VA; Wichita, KS and finally here to Omaha. In college I played football and lacrosse and studied theology, philosophy, art and education. I have lived here for the past 14 years; originally working as a teacher, then for the archdiocese in the evangelization and family life offices and now for St. James Parish.

I met my wife, Karla, on a TEC retreat back in high school. We were friends for 8 years before I finally got the hint she wanted me to pop the question. After dropping out of the seminary, we finally married in 2001. We have 5 children Makayla (15), Maggie(12), PJ(10), Brie(9), and Gus(3), and a dog named Juno.

We have always viewed the raising of our five children as our first and most important ministry. To that end, we have focused on having dinner together every night, teaching our kids to pray, and making sure they get to Mass and have a Catholic education. When it does not interfere with those things, we like to volunteer together for miscellaneous tasks in our community: coaching, helping neighbors, providing respite care for the sick, visiting the lonely, etc.

Even before we were married, my wife and I discussed that I felt this call and what it would mean for our lives. As a cradle Catholic, I have always had a certain relationship with Christ and his Church but I handed my whole life over to Jesus at the age of 16 after an encounter with Him on a TEC retreat. My prayer life deepened tremendously and the direction of my life changed completely. Through ups and downs, I have spent the last 28 years of my life seeking to be a good and faithful servant, laying my life's path before Him, tailoring my formation, education, and career to make myself as useful as possible to Jesus. This call to the diaconate is yet another opportunity to lay my life down in service to Him.

I wish to thank the St. James community for supporting me in my preparation and formation for this vocation to the diaconate. Your prayers and support have meant so much to my entire family. May God's grace continue to poor itself out on this parish!

EPS Quilt Raffle 4/28

EPS will be selling Quilt Donation Tickets at Coffee and Donuts on Sunday, April 28th after Masses. Tickets are $5 each or 6 tickets for $20. Please support this worthy organization!


Prayer is to the soul what rain is to the soil. - St. John Vianney

Prayer is to the soul what rain is to the soil.
- St. John Vianney

ArchOmaha Unite Choir

A choir will be formed including singers from throughout the Archdiocese to sing for the Great Gathering and the culminating Mass at ArchOmaha Unite! We will all lift up our voices and lead the assembly together!

Whether you regularly sing in a parish choir, sing as a cantor or simply would like to sing, you are invited to participate.

This will include at least 3 rehearsals plus the 7:00 a.m. June 8 warm-up and dress rehearsal with Instruments at the CHI Center.

Register to sing in the choir at: www.archomahachoir.com

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

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

Deaconate Formation

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