Chesterton Academy Gala featuring Joseph Pearce this Saturday!

The Chesterton Academy of Omaha is having its annual gala this Saturday, April 14th, featuring English Catholic speaker, author, and  literary critic Joseph Pearce as its keynote speaker. Individual chairs and tables of eight available for purchase. Go the Chesterton Academy's page to see how you can join!

Holy Week Schedule 2018

  • Low Mass Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 5:30 pm, with Confessions at 5:00 pm
  • Tenebrae Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm
  • Mass of the Lord's Supper Maundy Thursday at 7:00 pm, followed by the stripping of the altar and the watch before the Altar of Repose until midnight
  • Solemn liturgy of Good Friday at Noon, followed by Confessions; Stations of the Cross with veneration of the relic of the True Cross at 6:00 pm
  • Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm on Holy Saturday
  • Easter Sunday Procession and High Mass at 10:30 am, followed by brunch and Easter Egg hunt; Evensong at 5:30 pm


Dedication Photos Available!

The photos from the Dedication of the church on November 5th, 2017 are now available! Click "read more" to see the different albums.


Weekly Update 1-6-18

St. Barnabas Catholic Church was established in 1869 as a congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, and was received into the Roman Catholic Church as part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in 2013. The Sunday Mass is at 10:30 am, preceded by Confessions. Sunday Evensong is at 5:30 pm. Please visit our website at for further information.
On Monday, January 8, the Chesterton Academy resumes classes and the time for weekday Mass returns to 8:45 am. Beginning on February 18, Low Mass will be celebrated each Sunday in the Lady Chapel at 8:30 am. Evensong will continue to be offered every Sunday at 5:30 pm.
The Adult Education class studying The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism resumes this Sunday at 9:30 am in the undercroft, when we will cover the first part of Chapter Six of the book, on the Church's social doctrine,
Next Sunday, immediately following the Parish Mass, Fiona Catherine Borseth, newborn daughter of Thomas and Hope Borseth, will be baptized. All parishioners and guests are invited to remain in the church after Mass for this joyous occasion.
Pledge envelopes and ordo calendars according to Divine Worship are now available for 2018 and can be found downstairs in the undercroft.
The highest form of intercessory prayer is the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the living and the dead. Catholics traditionally make an offering to have Masses said for the intentions of their living and deceased loved ones, as well as for other objects of prayers that are close to their hearts, including ones that are strictly private.  Masses for 2018 at St. Barnabas are currently available for intentions. The standard stipend for Masses in the Ordinariate is $10. Please contact Fr. Catania if you would like to request one or more intentions.
A weekly evening Mass at 5:30 pm on Thursdays will be established in the coming weeks. A launch date will be announced shortly. St. Barnabas will also begin a monthly book discussion group, likely to meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm at the rectory. Details will be forthcoming.
O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy Only
Begotten Son to the Gentiles: mercifully grant that we, who
know thee now by faith, may be led onward through this earthly
life, until we see the vision of thy heavenly glory; through the
same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth
with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world
without end. Amen.

Christmas Schedule

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent will be celebrated as usual at 10:30 am. First Evensong of Christmas will be sung at 5:30 pm. The Midnight Mass of Christmas will be preceded by an extended prelude of Christmas carols at 11:00 pm, during which Confessions will be heard. The Mass itself will begin at 11:30 pm. As has long been the custom at St. Barnabas, the Mass will be followed by a festive reception in the undercroft. On Christmas morning, Low Mass with hymns will be celebrated at 10:00 am, with Confessions heard 20 minutes before the Mass. While the Chesterton Academy is on Christmas break, weekday Mass beginning on Tuesday, December 26 will be at 12 noon instead of 8:45 am. The Academy resumes classes on Monday, January 8, at which time the weekday Mass will return to 8:45 am.

Adult formation class: The Light of Christ

The Sunday morning adult formation class has resumed with a study of The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism, by Thomas Joseph White, OP. The class meets in the undercroft at 9:30 am. Copies of the book are available to borrow or for purchase, or could be bought from Amazon here.

Choir seeks singers

The St. Barnabas choir is seeking additional singers, including a limited number of paid section leaders. 


Online Brunch Sign-up Link Updated

You may now access the new online sign-up sheet here, at this link. It is also linked to in the button labelled "Sign up for Coffee Hour!".

Weekly update from Fr. Catania 7-29-17

St. Barnabas Catholic Church was established in 1869 as a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, and was received into the Roman Catholic Church as part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, established by Pope Benedict XVI, in July 2013. The Sunday Mass is at 10:30 am, preceded by Confessions.

No Mass Thursday, July 6

Fr. Catania is attending diaconal ordinations for the Ordinariate in Kansas City, MO the evening of Wednesday, July 5. He will return to Omaha the following day. There will be no Mass at St. Barnabas on Thursday, July 6.

No Weekday Masses, Jun 20-22, 26-28

Fr Catania is away June 20 to June 28. During that time, all weekday Masses are canceled. The Sunday Mass on June 25 will be celebrated by Fr. Scott Hastings, Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Adult Formation on break until July 9

The weekly Adult Formation class at St. Barnabas meets in the undercroft on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. We have just completed a series on the Precepts of the Church, concluding with a study of the recent Pastoral Letter on Holy Matrimony, A Plighted Troth, by Bishop Steven Lopes. The class will be taking a break for the next few weeks, resuming on Sunday, July 9.

Instruction for reception into full communion into the Catholic Church is generally given in a one-on-one format, with the Catechism of the Catholic Church used as the primary text. Please contact Fr. Catania with any inquiries.

Weekly update from Fr. Catania 6-10-17

Dear members and friends of St. Barnabas,

Greetings on this Trinity Sunday weekend, and a blessed commemoration of our patron, St. Barnabas the Apostle. Though his feast on June 11 is superseded this year by the Universal Church's celebration of the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, we nonetheless give thanks for his life and witness to the Gospel, and ask for his intercession for each of us, and for our parish family. Holy Barnabas, pray for us, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

The Thursday following Trinity Sunday has historically been kept as the feast of Corpus Christ, the commemoration of the Most Holy Eucharist and the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation dating from the Thirteenth Century. In our Ordinariate calendar, this observance is transferred to the following Sunday, in order to make more it more accessible for the greatest number of participants. At St. Barnabas, we will be restoring the practice (one that has apparently lapsed in recent years) of an outdoor procession following Mass. If all goes as planned, we will process the Blessed Sacrament to the grounds of Joslyn Castle, where Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be given. The weather is currently projected to sunny, but significantly cooler than it's been of late, so it should be a glorious day honor to Our Lord in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

For many churches, Corpus Christi is the culmination of the "regular" church year, before parish events slow down somewhat during the summer months. In anticipation of this, after next Sunday's celebration of Corpus Christi, work will begin on the final phase of our church renovation. The installation of the new tile in the nave is now nearly complete, and I have heard countless comments on how beautifully it complements the new ceiling and paint. But the crowning conclusion of the church renovation will be the sanctuary. Before tile is installed (matching that in the nave), the chancel floor will actually be lowered by about nine inches. Not only will this provide a much better sense of height and proportion, it will also allow for the construction of two steps between the sanctuary floor and the footpace (the area directly in front of the altar where the priest stands). Thus St. Barnabas will have the customary three steps up to the altar commonly seen in Catholic and Anglican churches that have preserved the traditional arrangement of the sanctuary. Though the lowering of the floor will cause some disruption, it will not require us to move back down to the undercroft for Sunday Mass, and the work is expected to be completed by early-to-mid August.

This week, I received a letter from Bishop Lopes inviting me to ordinations to the diaconate he will perform the evening of Wednesday, July 5 at the Ordinariate community of Our Lady of Hope in Kansas City, Missouri. Given the wide geographical area which the Ordinariate covers, events such as this provide clergy and laity alike with an opportunity to share fellowship and prayer with members of other congregations in a particular region. He has therefore asked me to encourage members of the St. Barnabas community to consider making a parish pilgrimage out of this event. The Mass of Ordination will be at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 2552 Gilliam Road, Kansas City. I plan to attend, so if anyone is interested in going as well, please let me know.

On a final note, please know that we still needs volunteers to host coffee hour after the Sunday Mass. Now that the duties of set-up and clean-up are being taken over by our sexton, Patrick Loveless, hosts only need to provide the food itself. In order to make it more of a meal, savory items are being served as well as sweets; you may sign up to provide one or both. If you have any questions regarding coffee hour, please speak to Norma Morehouse.

As always, I ask your prayers for our congregation as we continue in this exciting new phase of our history, and for me, as I seek to faithfully serve this community as your parish priest.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jason Catania

Weekly update from Fr. Catania 6-3-17

Dear members and friends of St. Barnabas,

Greetings on this Whitsunday weekend.

I will keep this missive brief, but I would like to begin by thanking all those who participated in what I hope will be the first of many joint celebrations of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass between St. Barnabas and the Chesterton Academy of Omaha on Ascension Day. It was a beautiful Mass, and the fellowship which followed was warm indeed. As I prepare to officially begin my duties as president of the board of Chesterton, I am more hopeful than ever that our growing partnership with will be of mutual benefit to both the congregation and the school.

One aspect of that partnership is the role of of sacred music in both the liturgical life of St. Barnabas, and the classical curriculum of Chesterton. This shared devotion to the Church's patrimony of sacred music is furthered by our new organist-choirmaster, Mr. Thomas Andrews, who takes up his duties this Sunday, the feast of Pentecost. When the school year begins, he will also be responsibly for all musical instruction at Chesterton. I am very pleased that he is at last with us, and I am confident that he, his wife Amanda, and their son William will become cherished members of our parish family.

Looking ahead to next couple of weeks, please note that this year, the feast of our patron St. Barnabas falls on Trinity Sunday, which as a solemnity takes precedence over other observances. Therefore there will be no celebration of St. Barnabas Day as such on June 11, though our patron saint will certainly be acknowledged at Mass that day. The following Sunday, June 18, is the solemnity of Corpus Christi. I understand that in years past, there was a tradition of St. Barnabas processing the Blessed Sacrament on the grounds of Joslyn Castle. I will be exploring the possibility of reviving that custom this year; details will be forthcoming.

Finally, with June's arrival, the end of my service and residence at Christ the King Parish is coming to an end. I am very much looking forward to taking up residence in the new rectory by the end of the month, and more importantly, being able to devote all of my time and energy to the ministry of St. Barnabas. I remain extremely confident in the future of our congregation, and I hope all those who love St. Barnabas will join me in my efforts in making this congregation fulfill its enormous potential.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jason Catania

Weekly update from Fr. Catania 5-12-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 5-5-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 4-30-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 4-22-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 4-8-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 4-1-17

Dear members and friends of St. Barnabas,

As we enter the final weeks of this holy season of Lent, I'd like to update you on several items which should be of interest. I know it is a great relief to everyone that we are now once again worshiping in the church, which means we will be able to observe the rites of Holy Week and Easter there. The full schedule is listed on the website as well as the St. Barnabas Facebook page. Be sure to thoroughly explore the new website and return regularly for the latest news and information.

As most of you are aware, we have now commenced our new Sunday morning schedule. It consists of adult education and Sunday school at 9:30 am in the undercroft, Confessions beginning at 10:00 am (or shortly thereafter), and the Parish High Mass at 10:30 am. Until our new confessional is installed at the back of the church (where the old one was located), confessions are heard in the Lady Chapel. Child care continues to be available in the nursery during Mass. The subject of the current series of adult classes is the Precepts of the Church. The discussion at our first session last week was lively and informative, and so I urge you to join us if you haven't already.

Lent is characterized by the disciplines of penance, fasting, and alms giving. In regards to the last of these, I would like to commend to you several avenues for sacrificial giving. The first is stewardship for the support of our congregation and its ministry, an ongoing need for the maintenance and growth of St. Barnabas. The second is the Bishop's Appeal. Please be sure to pick up a brochure and pledge card if you have not sent one in already so that we can meet (and hopefully exceed) our rather modest congregational goal of $3,500. Finally, by way of direct support to those in need, please see a word from Jackie Quigley, chair of our finance council, about our newly re-purposed food basket.

Finally, many of you will have heard talk around the parish about various pending real estate transactions, so let me take this opportunity to confirm that by the end of April, St. Barnabas will have closed on two properties in close proximity to the church. The first is 3915-3921 Davenport Street, the two duplex buildings immediately to the east of the church. Acquiring this property will provide badly-needed classrooms and office space for the Chesterton Academy of Omaha, as well as a residence for our new organist (once that position is filled). Furthermore, it will allow the addition for the elevator to be situated on the east side of the church building rather than the south, making for a much more cost-effective addition than originally planned. The other property is 4124 Davenport Street, about a block and a half west of St. Barnabas. This will become the new rectory, including not just a residence for me, but also room for the parish offices, meeting space, and guest quarters. This property includes a carriage house with a two-bedroom apartment above, which will be perfect to house a sexton. With the need for a rectory thus fulfilled, the "blue house" will be demolished, allowing for an expanded (and paved) parking lot. Bishop Lopes has given his permission for both of these purchases, and he is in full agreement with me and the pastoral and finance councils that they will be of tremendous benefit to the ministry of St. Barnabas in the years to come. Once we take full possession of these properties, there will be a series of events which allow parishioners and friends to see our new acquisitions first hand.

As always, I encourage anyone with any questions or concerns to contact me, either by phone at St. Barnabas or by email.

Wishing you a blessed Passiontide,

Fr. Jason Catania