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Welcome to St. James

After more than 150 years in the Kearney community, St. James parish has a rich history as a community of Catholic worship and an established legacy of service to the people of the Kearney area.

St. James parish was established in the 1860s to be a sign of the presence of the Kingdom of God, to spread the Good News of the Gospel and to minister and serve others. As Catholics we believe in Jesus' dying and rising and in our call to celebrate the Sacraments and proclaim the Gospel. Right now, we are in the midst of an exciting time in the development of our parish as we have vacated our church structure for a year-long renovation project. This time of sacrifice and growth, we pray, will ultimately strengthen our community and our faith as we return to a renewed place to gather and worship.

We welcome our Catholic brothers and sisters, our visitors from other denominations, people new to Kearney or just stopping through, to pray and celebrate the Sacraments with us. Join us at our various gathering points in Kearney. You will be welcomed and embraced as we are called to celebrate, with you, and ask you to join us in being a sign of the presence of God.

Fishing with St. James by Fr. Joe Hannappel

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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015

The liturgical celebrations of Ascension Thursday (forty days after Easter) and Pentecost Sunday (fifty days after Easter) bring us to the end of the “Easter Season.” This year Pentecost weekend leads us into Memorial Day, our national holiday to remember and honor those who have died serving in our nation’s military.

A word Jesus uses for the Holy Spirit is “Paraclete” (also translated Advocate) literally means "the one who answers the cry or the call." Catholic tradition teaches that the Holy Spirit fills us with the following gifts and fruits — Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence, Wonder and Awe in God’s Presence. Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Kindness, Joy, Peace, Patience, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control, Goodness, Long-Suffering and Chastity.

The weekend of Memorial Day has also developed into a tradition of visiting cemeteries and praying for all of our loved ones who have gone before us. Here is a traditional blessing at the “Rite of Committal:” Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. R. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. R. Amen. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen.

In honor of our fallen veterans I will end with the last verses from a poem by Walt Whitman, Dirge For Two Veterans: The moon gives you light,/And the bugles and the drums give you music,/And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,/My heart gives you love.

I am another Joseph hoping to emulate Acts 4:36 “Thus Joseph, also named by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”)

 
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Renovation Mass Times & Places

May 23/24, 2015 and June 13/14, 2015 - March 2016

Saturday - 5:00pm at KCHS Cope Coliseum
Sunday - 8:30am & 10:30am at KCHS Cope Coliseum; 5:00pm at Prince of Peace Church
Spanish Mass every 3rd Sunday - 12:00pm at KCHS Cope Coliseum 

May 30/31-June 6/7, 2015

Saturday - 7:00pm at Prince of Peace
Sunday - 8:30am & 10:30am at Merryman Performing Arts Center (225 W 22nd St); 5:00pm at Prince of Peace Church

 

Upcoming Events

May

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Mass of Thanksgiving and reception
5/31/2015 2:00 PM
in honor of the 50th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Bishop Emeritus William Dendinger and Father James...

Parish News

Education

Kearney Catholic High School

110 E. 35th Street | 308.234.2610
kearneycatholic.org

KCHS Foundation

20 E. 21st Street | 308.236.6903
kchsfoundation.org

Contact Us

St. James Catholic Church

3801 Avenue A
Kearney, NE 68847

308.234.5536
bulletin@stjameschurchkearney.org

Parish Office Hours

Mon-Thurs - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fri - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Summer Hours (June - August):
Mon-Thurs - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Fri - 8:00am to 3:00pm

During renovation, from April 20, 2015-March 2016, St James offices will be at 3710 Central Ave Suite 10, one block west of St. James south parking lot entrance.

Mission Statement

St. James parish is established to be a sign of the presence of the Kingdom of God, to spread the Good News of the Gospel and to minister and serve others. As Catholics we believe in Jesus' dying and rising and in our call to celebrate the Sacraments and proclaim the Gospel.

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