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! 

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.

40 Days for Life

40 DAYS FOR LIFE begins Wednesday, September 26 and ends Sunday, November 4, 2018. This year St. James for Life will NOT have a set date to participate. Individuals can sign up to pray for an hour or more at the local vigil sites (Planned Parenthood, Omaha or Carhart's, Bellevue) between September 26 and November 4. If you want to sign up for a specific time, contact Liz Sambol, 402-651-4789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Eucharist.
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.”

Matrimony.
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.

Reconciliation.
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.

Baby Blankets Are Needed

“Beginning Essentials” parenting programs empower women to care for their babies until they reach their 18-month
birthday.

Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy is frightening for a woman who lacks the support of her boyfriend or family.

Women walk into our centers believing that no one cares about them or the child developing inside of them. It is an “aloneness” most of us have never experienced. A large part of our program centers around giving the gift of a blanket. Many EPS volunteers knit, crochet, and sew dozens of blankets for us, but our supply is drastically low. Any blanket donation you can give, of any kind, would be appreciated.

If you can help, contact us at: Essential Pregnancy Services, 6220 Maple St., Omaha, 68104.
     Office, 402.554.0121
     Donor site: friendsofeps.org
     Hotline: 402.554.1000
     Client site: essentialps.org

Three-point Plan for Holiness

All Christians are called to holiness. “Be perfect, as you heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). There are three tools on which every Catholic can rely to attain greater holiness.  

- Daily prayer.  God meets us in a very real and present way when we come to him in prayer. Start in the morning and pray throughout the day.  

- Weekly Mass.  The Mass is a sacrifice and a meal. We receive Jesus’ body and blood as real food for our souls. He said, “For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:55-56). That’s why we call it “Communion.”  

- Monthly Confession.  Jesus created the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (Confession) because he knew we would stray. He also knew we would want to come back. Frequent participation in this Sacrament sharpens our sense of sin, holds us accountable for our errors, and gives us the grace to keep trying for holiness. 

The New Evangelization

The New Evangelization utilizes ChristLife, Catholic Ministry for Evangelization which is a three step evangelization process changing lives and transforming parishes using new strategies with ardor, methods and expression.    For more information, please contact Peter Kennedy at the Parish Office 402-572-0499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual Renewal Website

To access the St. James Annual Renewal Website please go to:

www.sjannualrenewal.org

 

 

Mass for Shut Ins

WOWT works with the Serra Club of Omaha to bring Mass for Shut Ins to Omaha.   It usually airs Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am although the time sometimes changes due to scheduling conflicts.   Be sure to check your cable guide or TV listings for each week's broadcast.

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 Seminarian

Please pray for our Seminarian as he prepares for a lifetime of service in the Church:
Nicholas Phillips.

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     Jake Boer, Army      Cpl Nicholas Dotzler, Marine Corps
PFC Matthew Morrison, Marine Corps             CDR James Dohm, Navy
Jon Royle, Nebraska State Trooper          Christopher McGuane, Nebraska State Trooper
Major Eric Glassman, Army             Sean Glassman, Omaha Police Officer
Colton McCoy, Marine Corps              Matt Nass, Omaha Police Officer         Mike Nass, Omaha Police Officer

SVDP Needs Food

This time of year we could use food donations of canned fruit, pork and beans, pasta sauce and soup.   We could also use jelly to go with the peanut butter that is donated.   We tend to have more families in need of food all year round but especially in the summer and around the holidays.  

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.

The First Act - 10/26

The First Act is a contemporary Eucharist Hour of Adoration. It includes contemporary music and prayerful adoration.

Please join us for an hour of contemporary Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, October 26, 7:00 p.m., at St. James Catholic Church! First Act is a great hour of music, worship, praise and prayer for the whole family. Refreshments in the narthex following the service.


 

Contact Janet Drvol
402-850-9184
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