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

  • Religious Education Registration-If you have not registered your child/children for Religious Education beginning this fall, please take time
    to do this by calling the Rel. Ed. Office at 234-9695, stopping into the office or by registering after all Masses this weekend.
  • Feast of St. James & Welcome Fr. Art...Mar k your calendars! We welcome Fr. Art the weekend of July 26/27 in conjunction with the Feast of St. James! Join us Saturday, July 26th for a BBQ in the Parish Hall following the 5:00 PM Mass or plan to attend Coffee and Donuts on Sunday following the 8:30 or 10:30 Masses.
  • The Rosary will be prayed in the small chapel on Monday, July 28th at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
  • FOOD PANTRY - our Food Pantry collection will be next weekend, August 2nd & 3rd. Please bring non-perishable items and place them in the tubs in the foyer. Especially needed; peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned meat. All proceeds go to help the Jubilee Center.
  • WIN FREE SCRIP IN JULY! Scrip will be sold after all Masses. During the month of July, for every $50 in scrip purchased, you can enter your name in a drawing to win $25 in Free Scrip. Pick up a Scrip order blank from the Scrip Table in the foyer!
  • HOST FAMILIES NEEDED for "Going BANANAS for JESUS 3-27 thru 3-29, 2015" For more information & sign-up call: Carissa Sanny @ 308-440-9365 or email her @: Kearney is hosting and much planning is involved, so we're starting early! Thank you for your generosity!

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 past week Bishop Dendinger has given St. James permission to move forward with Phase 1 of the Master Plan. I will reprint last week’s information for those who might have been out of town:

The Parish Council, Finance Committee and Facility Improvement Planning Team held a combined meeting on Monday, July 17th, 2014. I made the recommendation that we proceed with the Facility Improvement Planning Team proposal to accept the Master Plan that was designed by RDg Architects. The Parish Council advised Fr. Joe to ask Bishop Dendinger for permission to move forward with Phase 1 of the Master Plan which encompasses:

• Necessary repairs and maintenance of the current building: Heating/AC including the boiler and control system, roof repair or replacement.
• Worship Space expansion and renovation.
• Gathering Space addition and renovated Social Hall.
• Office remodel and addition.
• Address other areas of concern and needs as they arise.
• Use the current $1.0 million dollars of Capital Campaign of Kearney funds and conduct a capital campaign that will raise an additional $1.6 to $2.0 million dollars for the completion of Phase 1.

With the Bishop’s approval and a successful capital campaign we expect to begin the renovation project in the spring of 2015. I appreciate the dedicated work of the Facility Improvement Planning Team to get us to this place and the support of the Parish Council, Finance Committee and parishioners. More information is available in the parish foyer and office. If you have questions please contact the parish office.

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