Name of Church St. James the Just

Address 495 N. Harrison Blvd., Ogden UT 84404

Phone number (801) 782-5393


Mass times Saturday vigil 5 p.m.; 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. Communion Service. Monday, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Latin Tridentine, 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Holydays: 8:30 a.m., noon, 7 p.m.

Confessions Saturdays, 3:30 – 4:40 p.m., or by appointment.

Names of priests Father Erik Richtsteig, pastor. Father is an orthodox, well-spoken priest and a convert from Mormonism. He’s been outspoken in defense of life, as well as traditional marriage. He’s 49, having been ordained a priest in 1994, and served as a chaplain for the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Read his blog:

St. James the Just Church, Ogden, UT, exteriorSpecial parish groups and events Adoration on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; St. James Youth Group; Knights of Columbus; Adult Faith Study Group; Women’s Group; Men’s Bible Study; Boy Scouts; Chrisifideles men’s group; Children’s Eucharistic Adoration. Also, the parish bills itself as a pro-life parish, with pro-life literature centers, support for the 40 Days for Life campaign, and a pregnancy care center in Ogden.

Fellow parishioners This is a mostly English-speaking community, but it’s Mormon country, with Catholics are in the minority. Over 80 percent of Ogden residents identify themselves as Mormon, and less than 10 percent as Catholic.

Parking There’s a large lot alongside the church.

Additional observations St. James the Just is a parish of the diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. It was established in 1966; the current church was dedicated in 2006. It is named for St. James the Lesser, the first bishop of Jerusalem. The church made the national news in 2013, when a man entered the church during the Mass and shot his father-in-law (the victim recovered and the shooter apprehended).