St. James Church
We are called to be fishers of men.  Help me to follow you, Lord.        
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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

  • 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.
  • Magnificat Brunch - - Saturday, September 20th at 10 a.m. at the Ramada Inn in Kearney. Please join us and be sure to bring a friend. The brunch fee is $15. Call Marlene Rasmussen at 575-574- 8183 or email Check the bulletin board for more information!
  • Julie’s Jog ~ an annual 5k walk/r un event in honor of J ulie Sorensen, will be held on September 20th at Yanney Park. All proceeds go to the organization FORCE, a nonprofit group devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. For more information or to register—
  • 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!
  • 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.

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

Last week our parish celebrated Catechetical Sunday by placing the names of our fifty-seven catechists in the bulletin and asking the parish to pray for them in their special ministry.We also celebrated with a wonderful outdoor Mass at 5 p.m. on Sunday.I want to thank everyone who prepared for it and all who participated!This year we have 260 in pre school – 5th grades and 123 in 6th – 12th grades. I am greatly appreciative of our catechists and all the people involved in this essential ministry in our parish.

The bishops of our country have asked parishes to focus on the theme "Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness: Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.”

 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