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.
  • Going Bananas for Jesus —If you would like to be involved in Going Bananas for Jesus in March and have not had Safe Environment
    you may attend a training session at St. James on Wednesday, September 3rd in the social hall at 6:30 p.m.
  • THURSDAY NIGHT WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY GROUP Are you interested in gathering with other women at St. James to read and reflect on the Scriptures for the coming weekend? Then Women Encountering the Word is for YOU! We will gather in the YOUTH ROOM on Thursday evenings from 7 - 8 p.m. You will have the opportunity to read and reflect on the Word of God and explore with other women how God’s presence is at work in your life. We will meet from September through May and will not meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month or holidays. Please call Sr. Patty at 234-5536 if you are interested in participating in this weekly group. Our 1st session begins September 4th.
  • First Friday Adoration is Fr iday, September 5th from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the church chapel. Prayer intention for September: That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
  • FOOD PANTRY - our Food Pantry collection will be next weekend, September 6th & 7th. Please bring nonperishable items and place them in the tubs in the foyer. All proceeds go to help the Jubilee Center. Thank You.
  • KC Annual Picnic on Sunday, September 7th at 12 noon at the Buffalo County Fair grounds. The knights will furnish BBQ pork, along with buns, iced tea, lemonade & BBQ sauce. The dinner will be potluck. Bring your own table wear, folding chairs and your favorite beverage. There will be horseshoes & games everyone can enjoy! If the weather is bad the picnic will be held at the KC Hall.
  • That Man Is You begins Tuesday evening, September 9th at 7 p.m. and Thursday morning, September 11th, at 5:45 a.m. The Fall sessions will be held at Prince of Peace. Our theme this year is “The Revelation of the Father” and considers man in his relationship to his children. For information go to their website, or contact Steve Niedbalski at 308-440-0940 or
  • KCHS Cheerleaders and Lucky Stars Dance team annual Starlet Cheer and Dance Camp on Friday, September 12th for children 5 years of age through fifth grade;
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Julie’s Jog ~ an annual 5k walk/run event in honor of Julie 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—
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Shoot 4 Life, September 27, 2014, Heartland Shooting Park, Grand Island, NE. Registration Form is available here. Contact:
  • 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 @:
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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

At the August 21 Parish Council meeting, the Parish Council accepted my recommendation to ask Bishop Dendinger for permission to sign a contract with RDg Building and Design to move forward with Phase 1 of the Master Plan for renovation at St. James. Bishop Dendinger has given us his permission. A newly formed Building Project Team will meet September 4 with Randy Milbrath of RDg to move forward with this project. This week a Campaign Interview Team met with four Capital Campaign Companies and will soon make a decision on hiring someone to lead a fundraising campaign for our renovation.

I would like to encourage men of the parish to attend the “That Man is You” program that will begin in September. Again this year “TMIY” is offered by the Catholic Community of Kearney on Tuesday nights and Thursday mornings.

Many people have taken the “ice bucket challenge” for ALS. There are many alternate sources for which to direct your donations for ALS Research that follow Catholic ethical guidelines. There are institutions that perform their research using adult stem cells versus embryonic stem cells. There is information available in the foyer from Greg Schleppenbach, the Nebraska Bishop’s Pro Life Coordinator.

I am your brother 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