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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, December 4, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016

Our parish is celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
next Sunday, December 11, beginning with the 12:00 noon
Mass in Spanish. Everyone is invited to attend the Mass, the
dinner and enjoy the traditional dancing. The actual Feast Day
of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12 and celebrates
Mary's appearance to St. Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531.
On October 12,1945, Pope Pius XII, decreed Our Lady of Guadalupe to be "Patroness of all the Americas." This image of "Santa Maria" is in our church by the tabernacle. Her feast day is a Holy Day of Obligation in Mexico.

The following is from John Paul II homily at the Basilica of Our
Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City, 23 January 1999: "Dear brothers
and sisters, the time has come to banish once and for all from
the continent every attack against life. No more violence, terrorism
and drug-trafficking! No more torture or other forms of
abuse! There must be an end to the unnecessary recourse to the
death penalty! No more exploitation of the weak, racial discrimination
or ghettos of poverty! Never again! These are intolerable
evils which cry out to heaven and call Christians to a different
way of living, to a social commitment more in keeping with
their faith. We must rouse the consciences of men and women
with the Gospel, in order to highlight their sublime vocation as
children of God. This will inspire them to build a better America.
As a matter of urgency, we must stir up a new springtime of
holiness on the continent so that action and contemplation will
go hand in hand."

I wish to entrust and offer the future of the continent to
Blessed Mary, Mother of Christ and of the Church. For this reason,
I have the joy now of announcing that I have declared that
on 12 December Our Lady of Guadalupe faith of our brothers
and sisters, so that in all areas of social, professional, cultural
and political life they may act in accord with the truth and the
new law which Jesus brought to humanity. Look with mercy on
the distress of those suffering from hunger, loneliness, rejection
or ignorance. Make us recognize them as your favorite children
and give us the fervent charity to help them in their needs."

I am Joseph your brother, Fr. Joe Hannappel


Mass Times

Saturday - 5:00pm
Sunday - 8:30am & 10:30am
Spanish Mass - 12:00pm (every 2nd Sunday)

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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

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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