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:

"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

Current Events

  • Easter Mass Times:
    • Easter Vigil begins at 8 pm with a fire in the parking lot (weather permitting). Mass begins at 8:30 pm in the church.
    • Easter Sunday Masses will be 8:30 & 10:30 am both in the Parish Hall and Church (total of 4 Masses).
    • Holy Week Schedule and Letter


Fishing With St. James

Celebrating the Resurrection with St. James Community
In the Year Of Our Lord 2014

Today we complete our “Triduum” the annual retreat where we are immersed into a communal participation in Christ's Paschal Mystery.  By embracing this journey into death and resurrection we are continually called into conversion.

    We are challenged to gracious hospitality and a genuine desire to share the community’s joy with everyone who joins us at worship.

“Come you all:  Enter into the joy of our Lord.  You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward. You rich and you poor, dance together. You strong and you weak, celebrate the day. You who have kept the fast and you who have not kept the fast, rejoice today.” (St. John Chrysostom)

    The first eight days of the Easter Season are known as the “Octave of Easter.”  The mystery of the Resurrection is intensely celebrated and people give witness that Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen Indeed!  The fifty days, a week of weeks (seven weeks plus one day), include the celebration of Ascension Thursday, forty days after Easter.  The Season reaches fulfillment on Pentecost Sunday, when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first disciples. This same Holy Spirit comes to today’s disciples bringing peace and hope to our hearts and through us to the whole world.

     The following phrase from an ancient Greek hymn celebrating the Pasch (Easter/Passover) is my prayer for all:

“O pasch, sanctify all believers,”  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