Youth Religious Education

Youth Ministry

Religious Formation and Education: Our middle school, high school and Confirmation classes are
held on Wednesday evenings. Our middle school classes use The Catholic Connections Handbook for
their curriculum and includes many community building activities. High school classes focus on
Catholicism in our world today and strengthening student's Catholic faith. Confirmation uses guest speakers, peer discussion, and spiritual bonding to prepare juniors and seniors for their third Sacrament of Initiation.

Fun and Fellowship: Getting together to pray, play and share faith are important aspects of our program. Game nights, movie viewings and ice skating are just a few of the events that have been enjoyed by our students.

Volunteers: Not one piece of this program would be possible without the help from all of our generous volunteers. We have 25 adults who teach our students every Wednesday evening and many others who help with special events, join as guest speakers, and provide food and supplies. We love being able to get various parish community members involved in our program, from parents and grandparents to college students and everyone in between. We appreciate all of your help to show our youth they are an important part of our St. James community.

Diocesan Events: In addition to our local programs and events, we also support the youth events of the Grand Island Diocese such as Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), Higher Ground and Going Bananas for Jesus. More information about these programs can be found at: or call Katie with questions.

Contact information:
Katie Clark-Youth Coordinator


Religious Education:
Pre-K - 5th Grade

Classes meet on Wednesdays from 4:15 or 6:15 at Kearney Catholic High School for an hour. Classes are held from September through May, starting September 21,2016.

Just a reminder: If Kearney Public Schools cancel due to inclement weather, there will be no Religious Education classes that evening. Closings will be announced on local radio and TV stations or check for cancellation information.

IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY by calling the Religious Education office at 308-234-9695 or email Deb at

Catechists: Those that share their time and faith teaching Catholic traditions, doctrine, and prayers to enrich the faith formation of the children of St. James. Catechists are a part of seasonal celebrations as well as sacrament preparation.
Aide: Assisting Catechists in their classes.
Contact: Deb Kratochvil, 308-234-9695

Religious Education: 6th - 12th Grades

Classes are held from September through May.

RE Times:
pre-5th: 4:15-5:15 or 6:15-7:15 (KCHS)
Middle school 6:15-7:15 PM (church office meeting rooms)
High school 7:30-8:30 PM (Centennial Park for opening night 1000 4th Ave, otherwise meet at the church office.)

If you are interested in helping:
Middle School / Sr. High Catechists: Prepare and teach learners of the Catholic faith.
Middle School / Sr. High Substitute: Willing to substitute in 6th - 12th Grades.


RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children)

Religious formation for the children who are past second grade and have not yet received the Sacraments. If your child has not received sacramental preparation at their designated grade level, please call the Religious Education office for information on this program.
Contact: Deb Kratochvil, 308-234-9695

Faithways / Focus

Any youth from 6th - 12th grade is welcome at Faithways or Focus. We explore our Catholic identity while participating in fun activities. Pick up a registration form at the office or on the youth bulletin board at church. You can also find information or make contact with the F.L.O.C. youth group on our Facebook page. YOUTH CLASSES FOR GRADES 6-8 meet October-April.
Contact: 308-234-5536 or


Classes are held during the 2nd semester of 11th Grade (February through April) & during the 1st semester of 12th Grade (September through November).

If you are interested in helping:
Confirmation Table Leader: Working with a small table of young people as well as with the Confirmation team in the larger group to help the youth understand the church and their role, in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall.
Confirmation Retreat Team Member: Help organize and lead the Confirmation Retreat designed to kick off the final preparation period of Confirmation preparation.

 Call Rhonda at 234-5536 for more information. 

High School Youth Group (9th - 12th grades)

The adult leader responds to the needs of 9th - 12th grade youth by providing opportunities for personal growth, involving them in social, service, and community building activities.

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Mass Times

Saturday - 5:00pm
Sunday - 8:30am & 10:30am
Spanish Mass - 12:15pm (every 2nd Sunday)

Easter Triduum Schedule: 
Thursday, April 13 7:00 p.m. 
Good Friday 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil Saturday 8:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday April 16 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. 

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Kearney Catholic High School

110 E. 35th St. | 308.234.2610

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20 E. 21st St. | 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

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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