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

  • OKTOBERFEST, on October 5th from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at KCHS. The following  stores in Kearney have 18 lb. turkeys available for Oktoberfest in their frozen meat departments: Apple Market, Boogaarts, Family Fresh and Wal-Mart. Please allow 1 week to thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator prior to cooking. Please bring your cooked and deboned turkey to the KCHS kitchen between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th!
  • 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 September 25th.  We need people to register so materials can be ordered. The RCIA Program will need 6-8 parishioners to come forward to walk the journey of faith with our candidates.  The role of a parish sponsor is to be a companion, a guide, a representative of the community and a witness.  You don’t have to know all the answers, just be willing to support and befriend our candidates as they make this Christian journey.  If you would be interested in this ministry please contact Mary in the office for more information.
  • 8th Annual Lizzie Stratton Memorial Run, Yanney Park, Sunday, September 28th at 5 p.m. This 5k run and kids mile fun run will benefit the Kearney Catholic Activities Association. For a registration go to their web site at
  • Confirmation prep classes will resume October 1st for high school seniors who will be confirmed in November. Watch for upcoming mailings that will be sent out soon!
  • First Friday Adoration is Friday, October 3rd  from 7:30 a.m.  – 3 p.m. in the church chapel. Prayer intention for October: That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
  • 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.
  • Join the NATIONAL LIFE CHAIN on Sunday, October 5th from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.! Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing for one hour praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. Pick up signs at Medicap Pharmacy 2706 2nd Ave. starting at 2:15 p.m.
  • FOOD PANTRY - our Food Pantry collection will be next weekend, October 4th and 5th. Please bring non-perishable items and place them in the tubs in the foyer. Food Items requested by Jubilee include: canned fruit, canned corn or peas- NOT green beans, canned tomatoes, pasta, hamburger or tuna helper, tuna and macaroni & cheese.Thank you for your ongoing support of Jubilee Center.

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

Next week it will be time for fun, food, and community building at the annual St. James Oktoberfest on Sunday October 5th.  All registered parishioners were sent a letter with information about the activities, raffle tickets and a form to fill out with opportunities to get involved. Your participation in this annual community building effort will make it a successful fun and fund raising event in our parish.

Our parish festival is a celebration of 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 next weekend at the Oktoberfest. Meet other parishioners, people from neighboring parishes and towns, enjoy some good food, play games, laugh, talk and grow as a disciple.  Participating in community building events can bring us closer to the Lord and one another.

 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