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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.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Church celebrates many saints’ feast days throughout the liturgical year and you can follow them on St. James’ church calendar that our local mortuaries give as a gift to us every year during Advent. A saint’s feast day generally, though not always, marks the day the saint died and entered into eternity, their birthday into life everlasting. The Church’s universal calendar celebrates only three birthdays and two conception days.

This Saturday, June 24 was the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. John, also known as “the forerunner of Jesus” was conceived 6 months before Jesus. (see Luke 1:24-27), and his birth date is placed on the longest day of the year. You may know the actual summer solstice is now observed on June 21, though the 24th is liturgically close enough. Thus when John the Baptist said, “he must increase and I must decrease” (John 3:30) every day now gets shorter and shorter. The amount of daylight decreases like the forerunner John prophesied about himself until the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, observed December 25, the shortest day of the year. (Modern calendars tell us the winter solstice is actually December 21). Every day from then on gets longer and increases like the light of Christ in the world.

Do you know the other two birthdays and two conception days? Who they are and when they occur? The church calendar also follows biological growth dates for these two most significant people. With John the Baptist may our lives fulfill the prophesy: “he must increase and I must decrease!”

I am Joseph your brother, a baptized baptizer and“after-runner” disciple of Jesus the Christ.    Fr. Joe Hannappel

 
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Mass Times

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

Upcoming Events

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Family Fun Picnic at the Park
7/2/2017 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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Family Fun Picnic at the Park
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Education

Kearney Catholic High School

110 E. 35th St. | 308.234.2610
kearneycatholic.org

KCHS Foundation

20 E. 21st St. | 308.236.6903
kchsfoundation.org

Contact Us

St. James Catholic Church

3801 Avenue A
Kearney, NE 68847

308.234.5536
office@stjameschurchkearney.org

Parish Office Hours

Mon-Thurs - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fri - 9:00am 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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