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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, October 4, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015

OKTOBERFEST is our parish festival that celebrates our living together as a Christian community. Since we have a large parish we have to be intentional in the formation of our community. I invite you to choose to enter into a closer circle of relationship with Jesus by getting to know some of the other disciples who are a part of our parish. Join us this weekend at the Oktoberfest. Participating in community building events can bring us closer to the Lord and one another. I am very grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make this a successful community building event!

Last week’s bulletin insert for today’s Life Chain and the Pro-Life Banquet on October 25th will be at the entrance of the church/gym. Please consider joining the life chain this Sunday after our Oktoberfest and attending the Pro-Life Banquet later on October 25th.

On Monday, October 5th Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt at Prince of Peace Church at 9 a.m. for the Grand Island Diocesan Teacher’s Convention. Everyone is welcome to join us.

This week significant feasts and memorials filled our liturgical calendar, beginning Monday with Saints/Archangels Michael, and Raphael; then two Doctors of the Church, Saints Jerome and Therese of the Child Jesus; and ending with the Holy Guardian Angels and Saint Francis of Assisi.

Many of you may have learned the prayer to our guardian angels: "Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, rule and guide. Amen." May our patron Saint James and all the angels and saints watch over us this weekend as we celebrate our parish festival "Oktoberfest."

"I am Joseph your brother" Fr. Joe Hannappel


Renovation Mass Times & Places

September 5/6, 2015 - March 2016

Saturday - 7:00pm at Prince of Peace Church
Sunday - 8:30am & 10:30am at KCHS Cope Coliseum
Spanish Mass every 2nd Sunday - 12:00pm at KCHS Cope Coliseum 


Upcoming Events



Religious Education
Pre - 5th AND 6th - 11th grades 10/7/2015

All Religious Education programs pre-school through 11th grade




Grief Support Group
“Changes” 10/7/2015 6:00 PM
A Grief Support Group, “Changes” meets the first Wednesday of each month. Any adult who has suffered a...

Parish News

Catholics Encounter Christ Retreat
Join us at the 2015 Catholics Encounter Christ One-Day Fall Retreat— Divine Mercy: Love of the Father through the...
Pro-Family Coalition Banquet

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Pro-Family Coalition Banquet on Sunday, October, 25th at the UNK Student Union.


Kearney Catholic High School

110 E. 35th Street | 308.234.2610

KCHS Foundation

20 E. 21st Street | 308.236.6903

Contact Us

St. James Catholic Church

3801 Avenue A
Kearney, NE 68847


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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