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

  • If your child/children are past the 2nd grade and have not received the sacraments of Reconciliation or Eucharist, please call Deb at 234-9695. Sessions will be starting soon to prepare older children for these sacraments.
  • Save The Date! The annual Nebraska Walk for Life will be Saturday, January 31st starting at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol in Lincoln. A short program at the Capitol will be followed by the walk to the UNL Student Union at 14th & R Street for our keynote speech from Mario St. Francis, the media director for World Youth Day. His message of conversion will resonate with both young and old. For more information contact Nebraska Right to Life at 402-438-4802.
  • MEALS-ON-WHEELS: The Community Life Committee needs someone to deliver meals on the second Thursday of each month within the city of Kearney. This takes about two hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please contact Sharon Hoffman @ 308-240-4481 or if you are able to help.
  • A Grief Support Group, “Changes” meets the first Wednesday of each month. Any adult who has suffered a loss or is in need of grief support is welcome. The next meeting will be: February 4th at 6 p.m. at O’Brien-Straatmann-Redinger Funeral Home, 4115 N Ave. If you have any questions please call 234-3500.
  • World Marriage Day is Sunday, February 8th. We will recognize all married couples especially those couples married 50 years or more. If you weren’t included on last years list please call the church office at 234-5536 so we can include your names in the bulletin insert.
In celebration of World Marriage Day, St. Mary’s Cathedral is sponsoring an Anniversary Mass on Saturday, February 7th, at 5 p.m. All married couples in the G.I. Diocese whose anniversary is divisible by 5 in the years 2014-2015 will be honored at the Holy Mass. Bishop William J. Dendinger, will preside. RSVP to St. Mary’s Cathedral office at 308-384-2523 by February 2nd.
  • Valentine’s Night Out is February 13, 2015 at the Younes Conference Center. Enjoy a dinner buffet starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be silent and live auction items, cash drawings, and a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize. Black jack, Texas Hold-Em & Bingo from 8 -11 p.m. VNO supports KCHS Activities – music, arts, sports, band, theatre and more. Contact Kim & Randy Buschkoetter (234-5553) to get your tickets.
  • Mary Full of Grace Magnificat Chapter Brunch is Saturday, February 21st at the Ramada Inn, Kearney at 10 a.m. Make reservations by Tuesday, February 17th by calling Marlene at 575-574-8183. Check out the church bulletin board for more information.
  • In appointments announced January 14th, 2015 Pope Francis: accepted the resignation of Bishop William J. Dendinger of Grand Island and named Msgr. Joseph G. Hanefeldt, pastor of Christ the King Church in Omaha, as his successor. Installation of Bishop-elect Hanefeldt will take place at 2 p.m., March 19th, at the Cathedral in Grand Island.
  • On March 27 - 29, 2015, Going Bananas for Jesus will be hosted at Kearney Catholic High School. Registration is OPEN NOW at Going Bananas for Jesus is a G.I. Diocesan event held every two years for High School and Middle School youth. Join old friends and meet new friends through faith and fun. Information and registration are available on line now.
HOST FAMILIES ARE STILL NEEDED "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:
If you are hosting or helping with Going Bananas for Jesus and haven’t had the initial Safe Environment Training, please call Lynn Cooper at Prince of Peace (236-9171) to register to attend one of the following sessions: February 2 or 10; March 2 or 3. All sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. If you have had the initial training you need not attend. However, a background check needs to be updated every three years. You may stop in at St. James and fill out the background form.
  • That Man is You! meets at Prince of Peace Church on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 and Thursday mornings from 5:45 to 7:15. Thursday morning Mass is at 7:15 at POP for any that would like to attend. All men are welcome to attend - its never to late to join. Contact Steve Niedbalski at 308-440-0940 or

 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 at St. James

Our Building Project Team is finishing the design phase with RDg and the projected cost estimates have increased to $3 million dollars. The initial projections were for beginning construc-tion in the fall of 2014. With the increased construction costs we are now required to install sprinklers in the renovated part of the building. We are adding the cost of replacing our boiler with a more efficient one and addressing some other issues that came up in the design process. Some important items will be added to “Phase 1” as alternate bids and will be completed if the funds are available. We have four contractors (of eight we contacted) who are interested in bidding the project. On February 3, there will be a bid document release and we are planning for February 24, 2015 to be the date for opening bids. If all goes as planned we hope to begin construction by the end of April.

“Living our Faith, Sharing our Gifts … Together.” The Annual Diocesan Stewardship Appeal encourages us to attend to the spirituality of stewardship. “A Christian steward receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and an accountable manner, shares them in justice and charity with others, and returns them to God with an increase.” St. James’ 2015 Diocesan Appeal Goal of $83,959 is part of the $1,220,000 million goal for the whole diocese. You will receive an appeal letter from Bishop Dendinger this week.

“Let’s keep fishing.” 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