St. James Church
We are called to be fishers of men.  Help me to follow you, Lord.        
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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

  • Growing AND Cultivating a Stewardship Heart is a call and invitation to the people of God in the diocese to not only learn about stewardship but also to take leadership opportunities and implement plans and visions for their parishes. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for these workshops. Lunch is provided. Sat., Jan. 24 - 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., St. James Church, Kearney.  Register online: StewardshipRegistration.aspx. For more information or to register by phone call Michael Davis, Lay Ministry Office, 800-252-9325. Alternate dates/locations are Sat., Feb 7, 2015 Grand Island Deanery, Blessed Sacrament Church; and Sat., Feb 21, 2015 North Platte Deanery, St. Joseph Church, Broken Bow. To help prepare the way… watch the Paula Moss online VIMEO
  • EXTRA EXTRA – PRAY ALL ABOUT IT!! The United States Catholic Bishops have asked us to become involved in praying for the Unborn especially this next week as the Anniversary of Roe v Wade comes around again.  Please join the bishops in this Novena for life.  This can be done by text, email, an app and Facebook.  Please Pray for the Unborn! “9 Days for Life,” a period of prayer, penance and pilgrimage marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, will take place from Saturday, January 17 – Sunday, January 25. Each day’s content (available in both English and Spanish) includes a different prayer intention, short reflection, supplementary article, and suggested actions. Download an app or printable version of the novena, or sign up for email or text messages at Content will also be shared via a Facebook event and other social media with the hashtags #9daysforlife and #9díasporlavida.
  • The Rosary will be prayed in the small chapel on Monday, January 26th at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
  • Confirmation Reminder- We have our Parent/Candidate meeting January 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. We are looking forward to meeting you .
  • If your child/children are past the 2nd grade and have not received the sacraments of Reconciliation or Eucharist, please call Deb at 234-9695. Sessions will be starting soon to prepare older children for these sacraments.
  • Save The Date! The annual Nebraska Walk for Life will be Saturday, January 31st starting at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol in Lincoln. A short program at the Capitol will be followed by the walk to the UNL Student Union at 14th & R Street for our keynote speech from Mario St. Francis, the media director for World Youth Day. His message of conversion will resonate with both young and old. For more information contact Nebraska Right to Life at 402-438-4802.
  • World Marriage Day is Sunday, February 8th. We will recognize all married couples especially those couples married 50 years or more. If you weren’t included on last years list please call the church office at 234-5536 so we can include your names in the bulletin insert.
In celebration of World Marriage Day, St. Mary’s Cathedral is sponsoring an Anniversary Mass on Saturday, February 7th, at 5 p.m. All married couples in the G.I. Diocese whose anniversary is divisible by 5 in the years 2014-2015 will be honored at the Holy Mass. Bishop William J. Dendinger, will preside. RSVP to St. Mary’s Cathedral office at 308-384-2523 by February 2nd.
  • Valentine’s Night Out is February 13, 2015 at the Younes Conference Center. Enjoy a dinner buffet starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be silent and live auction items, cash drawings, and a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize. Black jack, Texas Hold-Em & Bingo from 8 -11 p.m. VNO supports KCHS Activities – music, arts, sports, band, theatre and more. Contact Kim & Randy Buschkoetter (234-5553) to get your tickets.
  • In appointments announced January 14th, 2015 Pope Francis: accepted the resignation of Bishop William J. Dendinger of Grand Island and named Msgr. Joseph G. Hanefeldt, pastor of Christ the King Church in Omaha, as his successor. Installation of Bishop-elect Hanefeldt will take place at 2 p.m., March 19th, at the Cathedral in Grand Island.
  • On March 27 - 29, 2015, Going Bananas for Jesus will be hosted at Kearney Catholic High School. Registration is OPEN NOW at Going Bananas for Jesus is a G.I. Diocesan event held every two years for High School and Middle School youth. Join old friends and meet new friends through faith and fun. Information and registration are available on line now.
HOST FAMILIES ARE STILL NEEDED "Going BANANAS for JESUS”, March 27 - 29, 2015 in Kearney. For more information & to sign-up call: Julie Tveit at 440-6363 or email her at:
  • That Man is You! meets at Prince of Peace Church on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 and Thursday mornings from 5:45 to 7:15. Thursday morning Mass is at 7:15 at POP for any that would like to attend. All men are welcome to attend - its never to late to join. Contact Steve Niedbalski at 308-440-0940 or

 See the weekly bulletin for more information.

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 at St. James

The last week of January is the forty first annual national observance of Catholic Schools Week. This year the theme is: “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The theme encompasses important values that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities – small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged. The Catholic School of Kearney continues to grow in numbers and impact in the community. When I arrived in 2009 the enrollment was 298 and only five years later it is 360! I am grateful for the administration, staff, faculty, parishioners, families and supporters who sacrifice so that KCHS continues to be a valuable part of our parish mission. I encourage you to consider sending your children to Kearney Catholic. If interested or you have questions please call me.

On January 22nd our nation marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence. Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in a novena prayer for a "9 DAYS FOR LIFE: Prayer-Penance-Pilgrimage" from Saturday, January 17 - Sunday, January 25! More information @

I pray every day that we all respond to Jesus’ call (Mark 1:17): “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (and women!)



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