Oktoberfest 2023

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After more than 150 years in Kearney, the parish of St. James has a rich history as a community of Catholic worship and an established legacy of service to the people of Kearney and the surrounding areas.

We invite our Catholic brothers and sisters, as well as visitors from other denominations, to pray and celebrate the Sacraments with us. You will be welcomed and embraced as we join together as one in the presence of God.

Weekend Mass Times

Saturday – 5:00 pm

Sunday – 8:30 am & 10:30 am

Misa en Español – 12:30 pm

(cada segundo del mes)
(every 2nd Sunday)

Mass in Vietnamese - 3:00 pm

(every 1st Sunday)

Weekday Mass Times

Monday – No Mass

Tuesday – 12:00 pm

Wednesday – 12:00 pm

Thursday – 8:15 am with KCHS

Friday – 8:00 am


Saturday – 3:30-4:30 pm

(or by appointment)


First Fridays – 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

* This is the regular Mass schedule - be sure to check the Weekly Bulletin or our Mass Times page for any changes!

Our Mission

St. James parish was established in 1881 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.

St. James is Live Streaming Masses according to the following schedule:

Saturday - 5:00 pm - Weekend Mass
Monday - No Mass
Tuesday & Wednesday -12:00 Noon - Weekday Mass
Thursday - 8:15 am - Weekday Mass with Kearney Catholic High School
Friday - No Live Streaming

These can be viewed either live or replay directly from the St. James Kearney YouTube Channel or by using the “Mass Videos” button on the St. James myParish App.

Fishing with St. James

Sunday September 17, 2023

We have been listening to St. Paul’s letter to the Romans for the last fifteen Sundays in Ordinary Time of Church’s Lectionary Cycle A. This weekend we will hear the last passage from this series of readings. Romans 14:7-9 “Brothers and sisters: None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” This passage encourages us to ask, “who we living for?”

The first reading and the Gospel guide us to live for peace and forgiveness. The author of Sirach makes a statement about forgiveness and then asks us three questions: “Forgive your neighbor's injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD? Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins? If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins?”Sirach:28 2-5. The book of Sirach continually reminds us that when we’re relating with others, we’re also relating with God.

In the Gospel Matthew, Jesus tells a story that includes this response from the master: “You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?” Matthew 28:32-34. It is clear that to receive God’s forgiveness we must be willing to forgive others.

This is a challenge repeated by Pope Francis in a homily on (9/20/16): “Peace means Forgiveness. . .[and] makes it possible to heal old wounds. Peace means Welcome, openness to dialogue, the overcoming of closedmindedness. . . Peace means Cooperation, a concrete and active exchange with another. . .Peace denotes Education, a call to learn every day. . .to acquire a culture of encounter, purifying the conscience of every temptation to violence...”

Forgiveness. Welcome. Cooperation. Education. In order to participate in bringing peace on earth and with creation, we must engage in all four.

I am Joseph your brother
Fr. Joseph Hannappel


Pescando con St. James

Hemos estado escuchando la carta de San Pablo a los Romanos durante los últimos quince domingos del Tiempo Ordinario del Ciclo A del Leccionario de la Iglesia. Este fin de semana escucharemos el último pasaje de esta serie de lecturas. Romanos 14:7-9 “Hermanos: De hecho, ninguno de nosotros vive para sí mismo y ninguno muere para si mismo. Si vivimos, vivimos para el Señor, y morimos, moriremos para el Señor. Tanto en la vida como en la muerte pertenecemos al Señor. Por esta razón Cristo experimento la muerte y vive, para ser Señor de los muertos y de los que viven.” Este pasaje nos anima a preguntarnos: “¿para quién vivimos?”

La primera lectura y el Evangelio nos guían a vivir por la paz y el perdón. El autor de Eclesiástico hace una afirmación sobre el perdón y luego nos hace tres preguntas: “Perdona a tu prójimo el daño que te ha hecho, as cuando tú lo pidas, te serán perdonados tus pecados. ¡Como! ¿Un hombre guarda rencor a otro hombre y le pide a Dios que lo sane? ¿No tiene misericordia con otro hombre, su semejante, y suplica por sus propios pecados? Si el, débil y pecador, ¿guarda rencor, quien le conseguirá el perdón?” Ec 28:2-5, El libro de Eclesiástico nos recuerda continuamente que cuando nos relacionamos con los demás, también nos relacionamos con Dios.

En el evangelio de Mateo, Jesús cuenta una historia que incluye esta respuesta del maestro: “Siervo miserable, yo te perdone toda la deuda cuando me lo suplicaste. ¿No deberías también tu tener compasión de tu compañero como yo tuve compasión de ti? Mateo 28:32-34 Está claro que para recibir el perdón de Dios debemos estar dispuestos a perdonar a los demás.

Este es un desafío repetido por el Papa Francisco en una homilía el (20/9/16): “Paz significa perdón. . .[y] permite curar viejas heridas. Paz significa acogida, apertura al diálogo, superación de la estrechez de miras. . . Paz significa cooperación, un intercambio concreto y activo con el otro. . .Paz denota Educación, un llamado a aprender cada día. . .adquirir una cultura del encuentro, purificando la conciencia de toda tentación de violencia. . .”.

Perdón. Bienvenido. Cooperación. Educación. Para participar en traer la paz a la Tierra y a la creación, debemos involucrarnos en los cuatro.

Yo soy, Jose tu Hermano
Pd. Jose Hannappel



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