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

  • The Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection is this weekend. More than 46 million Americans live in poverty in the United States. By focusing on long-term solutions, CCHD offers an essential complement to the vital work of our Catholic schools, Catholic Charities agencies, prolife activities, and other direct assistance programs for the marginalized living among us. Thank you for your  generosity!
  • During the month of November, we are called in a special way “to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest marked with the sign of faith”. You are invited to inscribe the names ofyour beloved dead in the book of remembrance located in the back of the church. They will be remembered in prayer during the month of November.
  • We will be collecting candy (in its wrapper) to fill sacks for the Advent Celebration. Please bring your candy donation to Religious Ed. or there will be collection boxes in the foyer at St. James. We need the candy by December 15th.
  • KCHS One Act Team, under the direction of Maureen Nitz, proudly presents “Chateau La Roach” on Sunday, November 30th at KCHS, 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy pizza and the play. We would love to have you! Admission is $6 for: the play, pizza, drink and cookie and $3 for the play only.
  • Our St. James Devotional books will be available in the social hall in pre-addressed envelopes the weekend of November 29th & 30th. This is a 14 day devotional created especiallyfor you by the prayer team. Please stop by and pick yours up after Masses. 
  • Knights of Columbus 5th Sunday Breakfast is November 30th in the parish hall. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a hot breakfast before or after morning Masses! Mark your calendars and plan to join them next weekend!
  • St. James will honor our youth at Masses on December 6th & 7th, the Feast of St. Nicholas. Everyone is welcome to gather after each Mass: cookies after the 5 p.m. Mass, donuts after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and Pizza after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. We look forward to having all of our youth (toddler on up) celebrate Mass on one of these special days.
  • Prince of Peace Parish will host a parish mission beginning with all the Masses on the weekend of December 6 - 7, Fr. Ed Nowak and Carol Filip will conduct a parish mission entitled Living Y our Baptismal Call. The mission will go Sunday evening through Wednesday evening, 7 - 8:15 p.m. and will be followed by a social. Try to clear your calendar during the week of the mission. Babysitting and transportation are available. Call 236-9171 for further information.
  • That Man is You! meets at Prince of Peace Church on Tuesdayevenings from 7 to 8:30 and Thursday mornings from 5:45to 7:15. Thursday morning Mass is at 7:15 at POP for any thatwould like to attend. This week's session is titled "Intellectual formation". All men are welcome to attend. Contact SteveNiedbalski at 308-440-0940 or
  • HOST FAMILIES NEEDED Please sign up to be a HOST FAMILY for "Going BANANAS for JESUS”, March 27 - 29, 2015 in Kearney. For more information & to sign-up call: Julie Tveit at 440- 6363 or email her at: Thank you!

 See the weekly bulletin for more information.

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

This week we are having a transition in our office staff. Brenda Marshall is leaving us after five years as the religious education secretary and a highly competent person for “whatever else needs to be done” in the office. Brenda’s presence has been highly valued and the parish, our staff and I will miss her greatly. Candi Koenig joined our staff this week to receive training from Brenda and I know she will provide a continuation
of gracious service and good work.

Bishop Dendinger and Fr. Neal Hock, our new diocesan vocation director, have asked the Serra Club to present the “Called by Name” program again this year in all the parishes of the Diocese of Grand Island. Serra's objectives are to foster and promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life, and to encourage its members to fulfill their own Christian vocations to service.

The “Called By Name Program” is a national, parish-based program begun by the Serra Club of St. Louis. It has two objectives; to raise the consciousness of Catholics to foster vocations and to surface the names of individuals who may possess the qualities necessary for a vocation to priesthood or religious life. If you know of someone who has these qualities please share their names with us. "Lord, open the hearts of many men and women to courageously consider a vocation to the ordained ministry or religious life."

 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