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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, April 23, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Octave of Easter comprises the eight days which stretch from the first to the second Sunday. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day. In a sense, every day of the Octave is like a little Sunday. This Sunday is also designated as “Sunday of Divine Mercy.”

“Mystagogy” or "Mystagogia" is a word meaning "going deeper into the mysteries"- that is, into the truths of the faith. Mystagogia describes the ancient custom of spending the fifty days of Easter with the newly baptized, helping them experience the depths of the truths they had accepted in their Baptism, Con-firmation and First Eucharist. The Easter season is a time of "mystagogia" for everyone - newborn and life long Christians.

April 24 is the first anniversary of the dedication of our church. The anniversary of a church’s dedication is celebrated with the rank of a solemnity. You are encouraged to commemorate this by attending the 7:00 a.m. Monday Mass. It is amazing that it now a year that we have been worshiping in our beautiful church and enjoying our gathering space, new office and meeting areas.

The following comes from the Rite of Dedication of a Church and Altar, Nature and Dignity of Churches: “Through his death and resurrection, Christ became the true and perfect temple of the New Covenant and gathered together a people to be his own. This holy people, made one as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one, is the Church that is, the temple of God built of living stones, where the Father is worshiped in spirit and in truth. Rightly, then, from early times ‘church’ has also been the name given to the building in which the Christian community gathers to hear the word of God, to pray together, to receive the sacraments, and to celebrate the Eucharist. Because the church is a visible building, it stands as a special sign of the pilgrim Church on earth and reflects the Church dwelling in heaven.”

Live, Die and Rise deeply and often.    Fr. Joe Hannappel

 
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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. 

Upcoming Events

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Catholic Daughters Babysitting
5/13/2017 6:00 PM
Parents--Need a date night? One of the Catholic Daughters' Pillars is to Support Families. We will be offering free...

Parish News

SCRIP Gift Cards
SCRIP gift cards will be sold following all Masses in the Gathering Space.  You can use these cards to help with your...
Invitation to Our Easter Vigil
Please join us on Saturday, April 15th at 8:30 PM (8:00 PM fire - weather permitting) for the St. James Celebration of the...

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

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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