St. James Church
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Welcome to St. James Catholic Church of Kearney, Nebraska


Dear Friends in Christ:

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. —Jn 3:16-17

Current Events

  • Thinking about joining the church? Please contact Mary Bowman at the church office., 308-234-5536  Ext. 19. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions will begin at the end of September.  We need people to register so materials can be ordered.
  • St. James Day of Kindness will be held on Saturday, September 13th from 8 a.m. - noon. This service project sponsored by the Community Life Committee coincides with the 2nd Annual Walking in Copes’ Shoes. This is a wonderful parish opportunity to serve fellow parishioners. Sign up sheets and the box to put them in are on the round table in the foyer.
  • St. James “Special Collection for the Middle East” will be September 13-14. The United States Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has asked Bishop Dendinger and all bishops to request that each parish take up a special collection for the work of Catholic Relief Services and other Catholic agencies working to provide humanitarian needs facing the people in Iraq, Gaza, Syria, and surrounding countries.
  • Advance Healthcare Directive Information Session in the social hall between the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday, September 14th. Workbooks will be provided.All adults - regardless of age orhealth status - are encouraged to attend.
  • Please join the Knights of Columbus to honor Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe with a prayer called the Silver Rose on Monday, September 15th following the 7 a.m. Mass at St. James. Spanish and English prayer books will be provided. Everyone is welcome.
  • Catholic Daughters St. James Court #2007 will hold a salad supper and meeting on Monday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Social Hall. There will be no rosary prior to the salad supper and meeting. We hope all CDA members will plan to attend.
  • Religious Education Registration-If you have not registered your child/children for Religious Education beginning this fall, please take time to do this by calling the Rel. Ed. Office at 234-9695, stopping into the office. Classes begin Sept 17th.
  • Magnificat Brunch - - Saturday, September 20th at 10 a.m. at the Ramada Inn in Kearney. Please join us and be sure to bring a friend. The brunch fee is $15. Call Marlene Rasmussen at 575-574- 8183 or email Check the bulletin board for more information!
  • Julie’s Jog ~ an annual 5k walk/r un event in honor of J ulie Sorensen, will be held on September 20th at Yanney Park. All proceeds go to the organization FORCE, a nonprofit group devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. For more information or to register—
  • Shoot 4 Life, September 27, 2014, Heartland Shooting Park, Grand Island, NE. Registration Form is available here. Contact:
  • 8th Annual Lizzie Stratton Memorial Run, Yanney Park, Sunday, September 28th at 5 p.m. This 5k run and kids mile fun run will benefit the Kearney Catholic Activities Association. For a registration go to their web site at
  • OKTOBERFEST, on October 5th from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at KCHS
  • Pro-life banquet and information fair, October 5, 2014, Younes Center, Kearney, NE. $25/ticket ($10/student). Contact:, or call 308.440.9629. Tickets are available in the church office. Tickets need to be purchased by Oct 2nd.
  • HOST FAMILIES NEEDED for "Going BANANAS for JESUS 3-27 thru 3-29, 2015" For more information & sign-up call: Carissa Sanny @ 308-440-9365 or email her @:

As each one of you has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace.  1 Peter 4:8-10


Fishing with St. James

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross, in the second reading we hear from Philippians 2:6 - 11: “Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross…”

Fr. Neal Hock who now leads our Diocesan Vocation Office has invited parishes to reflect on vocations to the priesthood and religious life this weekend. I asked Sr. Patty Rinn to share some of her reflections about vocations and religious life at all the Masses this weekend. As we all live out our vocational call carrying our cross in this life, may our self emptying, service and humility immerse us in the redemptive suffering of the Lord.

We are one body in Christ! Fr Joe Hannappel


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.


Fax:  (308) 234-9818                      
Parish Office Hours: 
9am - 5pm, Monday - Thursday
9am - 3 pm, Friday
*Summer hours (June - August): 
8am - 4pm, Monday - Thursday
8 am - 3 pm, Friday