Fishing with St. James

July 25, 2021

                 HAPPY FEAST DAY PARISHIONERS OF ST. JAMES CHURCH A Feast Day has special significance on the Roman Catholic Church calendar. The church ranks special days on the calendar in this order Solemnity, Feast, and Memorial and Optional Memorial. However, it is common that the word “feast” is used to cover almost any special saint’s day.   Locally, feasts are observed for...  continue reading

July 18, 2021

Next weekend we will celebrate the Memorial of St. James the Greater, the Apostle who is the patron saint of our parish. (July 25 on the liturgical calendar).   In the hallway you will find a stained-glass window that has the title “S. Jacobus Maj.” above the image of St. James. The name James is a variant of Jacobus that is derived from the Latin meaning to supplant or replace. The story of Jacob in Genesis chapters 25-33 tells how the patriarch supplanted his brother...  continue reading

July 11, 2021

On the weekend of July 24-25, we will celebrate the Feast of St. James the Greater, the Apostle who is the patron saint of our parish. (July 25 is the annual feast day). We have an added rea-son to celebrate this year because this May we paid off our $1.6 million-dollar renovation debt in less than five years! Our debt document will be in the Gathering Space for the next two week-ends for everyone to sign to represent how we all participated in this successful renovation and capital...  continue reading

July 4, 2021

I was away from the parish the last week. I scheduled some vacation time to visit friends and family in Colorado before and after the Episcopal Ordination and Installation in Colorado Springs of their new Bishop Jim Golka. Fr. Jim was priest of the Diocese of the Grand Island for 27 years. I’ve known Jim since he attended Outward Bound in high school and after his ordination we became good friends, golfing partners, and traveling companions. It was a great honor to be at his ordination...  continue reading

June 27, 2021

I will be gone this weekend and the rest of the week for vacation and to attend the ordination of Bishop Elect Jim Golka on Tuesday, June 29th, at 2pm MT (3 pm Central Time) at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs. During that liturgy he will also be installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs. There is information in the bulletin about how you can watch the livestream of the ceremony and there will also be a watch party at St. James Church. The left side...  continue reading

June 20, 2021

This Sunday is Father’s Day. May all men who are fatherly guides to others, bring God’s love and blessing to everyone entrusted to their care. Here is an abbreviated Litany to St. Joseph that I encourage you to pray for all men in fatherly roles. After each phrase at the comma say: Pray for us. Good St. Joseph, Husband of the blessed Virgin Mary, Foster father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Protector of the Mother of God, Faithful Spouse, Example to parents, Pattern of patience,...  continue reading

June 13, 2021

Today for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary time, will hear in the second reading from 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 “Brothers and sisters: We are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away.” After the great Solemnities of Pentecost, The Holy Trinity...  continue reading

June 6, 2021

GOOD NEWS OF FINANCIAL GENEROSITY! At the end of May 2021, St. James Parish paid off our renovation debt that started at $1,636,096.74 in 2018. I want to thank all those who contributed for your faithful stewardship! The Finance Committee will provide a detailed report soon. All further pledges and gifts to the campaign renewal will go to our delayed projects fund. These are major projects like the Parish Hall roof, carpet, walls, and heating and air conditioning that will need repair and...  continue reading

May 30, 2021

In this bulletin, you will find the 2021 diocesan clergy assignments. I am happy to say that my assignment will continue as the Pastor of St. James. I am grateful to the bishop and you for trusting me to continue as the pastor of this great parish! You can find more details about the clergy changes on the diocesan website and in the upcoming issue of the West Nebraska Catholic.   Currently we have 37 priests serving the 69 parishes and two college Newman Centers. I am very grateful...  continue reading

May 23, 2021

On Pentecost Sunday 2020, we returned to in-person worship at our church after 10 weeks of following diocesan and state guidelines limiting public gatherings. I want to thank you all for your resilience and cooperation through these challenging times. I trust the Holy Spirit has been guiding us in every step and breath we have taken. Last week there was a major change in the CDC recommendations about mask wearing. Over the past year, we have taken Covid-19 precautions by consulting...  continue reading

St. James Stained Glass Window

St. James Catholic Church

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