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

  • 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.
  • FOOD PANTRY - our Food Pantry collection will be this weekend, August 2nd & 3rd. Please bring non-perishable items and place them in the tubs in the foyer. Especially needed; peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned meat. All proceeds go to help the Jubilee Center.
  • GoodWill Fund Raiser for the KCHS Music Department. The KCHS Music Boosters are collecting used items in good condition now through Friday, August 8th. You can bring your items to St. James and put them in the GoodWill truck that is parked on the south end of the parking lot. REMINDER - NO TV’s, large appliances or sofa beds! Thank you.
  • 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 @: Kearney is hosting and much planning is involved, so we're starting early! Thank you for your generosity!

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

Kearney Catholic High School teachers return to school next week and will have a staff retreat on Friday. The largest ever KCHS student body, likely to be 354 strong, will appear on Tuesday, August 12th for the first day of classes. This is an increase of twenty-one students from last year. The count includes fifty-four sixth graders and fifty-two seniors. Five years ago when I arrived as pastor of St. James 298 students finished the 2009/2010 school year. I want to commend the parents, parishioners and all others who support our school and provide this important opportunity for the spiritual and academic education of our children.

I have appointed Paul Brungardt to serve his first three year term on the Kearney Catholic School Board. He will replace Doug Hampton who served two three year terms and ended his time as the board president. I appreciate the service that Doug offered the school during his six years on the board. The other members of the board from St. James are Ann Huddleston and Dr. Pat Moore. Prince of Peace members are Eric Trettle, Roy Muesch, and Peg Abels.

Along with the administration, faculty, staff, and KCHS foundation, the school board serves an important role in guiding the school in a faith based Catholic education. I truly ap-preciate their work and dedication to this important ministry offered by St. James and Prince of Peace parishes in Kearney.

I am Joseph your brother, 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