All Are Welcome

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

Mass in Spanish – 12:30 pm

(every 2nd Sunday)

Weekday Mass Times

Monday – No Mass

Tuesday – 12:00 pm

Wednesday – 12:00 pm

Thursday – 12:00 pm

Friday – 8:00 am


Saturday – 3:30-4:30 pm

(or by appointment)


* Cancelled Until Further Notice *

First Friday – 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

(3:00 pm if a scheduled event)

Remaining Fridays – 8:30-9:30 am

Immaculate Conception

Tuesday, December 8

12:00 Noon

 6:00 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 the 1860s 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.

Fishing with St. James

November 29, 2020

Thy Kingdom come! Thy will be done, this Advent at St. James Church
This week someone asked me if I had my Christmas tree up yet. I responded I don’t even have my Advent wreath prepared
yet. I encourage all of you to participate in the Advent mysteries of watching, waiting and wondering to prepare for the wonders of the incarnation celebrated at Christmas.

Our Sunday readings repeat in a three-year sequence referred to as Years A, B, and C. This Sunday we begin Year B. During
the four Sundays of Advent all three cycles follow the same themes. The first Sunday carries over from the last Sunday of the
Church Year, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. Advent always begins with a message about waiting and watching for “the second coming of Christ.” It is not looking backwards to the past but looking forward to a promised fulfillment. We believe that our lives have purpose and meaning, we are assured that the future will not bring defeat but redemption and hope!

John the Baptist is always a part of the Second and Third Sundays of Advent. We are encouraged, like John, to witness to the
nearness of the kingdom of Heaven and be inspired in our commitment to following Jesus the Christ. Advent helps us realize that Christ comes to us in our everyday lives. This Sunday, we will repeat the response for Psalm 80 four times praying, “Lord make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.”

Then finally on the Fourth Sunday of Advent we complete our preparation to fully participate in the mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus past, present and future. Through this saving event all human beings are made holy especially in our vulnerability. St. Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth and us of “the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way. Emmanuel (God is with us!) appeared as an infant in a manger over 2,000 years ago, is present in our lives today and will come again in glory!

I AM Joseph your brother, Fr. Joe Hannappel


                                 Pescando con St. James

¡Venga a nosotros tu reino!
Hágase tu voluntad, este Adviento en la Iglesia St. James

Esta semana alguien me pregunto si ya había puesto mi árbol de Navidad. Yo respondí aun no tengo ni mi corona de Adviento preparada. Animo a todos ustedes que participen en los misterios del Adviento observando, esperando y preguntándose preparándose para las maravillas de la encarnación celebrada en Navidad.

Nuestras lecturas del Domingo se repiten en una secuencia de tres años referidos como Año A, B y C. Este domingo comenzamos el Año B. Durante los cuatro Domingos de Adviento los tres ciclos siguen los mismos temas. El primer Domingo pasa del ultimo Domingo del Año de la Iglesia, la Solemnidad de Nuestro Señor Jesús Cristo el Rey. Adviento siempre comienza con un mensaje sobre esperar y observar para “la segunda venida de Cristo.” No es mirar para atrás al pasado sino ver hacia adelante a un cumplimiento prometido. Creemos que nuestras vidas tienen propósito y significado, estamos seguros que nuestro futuro no traerá derrota si no redención y esperanza!

Juan el Bautista siempre es una parte del Segundo y Tercer Domingo de Adviento. Somos animados, como Juan a ser testigos
de la cercanía del reino del Cielo y somos inspirados en nuestro compromiso de seguir a Jesús el Cristo. Adviento nos ayuda a
realizar que Cristo viene a nosotros en nuestra vida diaria. Este Domingo repetiremos la respuesta de Salmo 80 cuarto veces orando, “Señor haznos volver a ti; vamos a ver su rostro y seremos salvos.”

Y por último en el Cuarto Domingo de Adviento completamos nuestra preparación para completamente participar en el misterio de la Encarnación de Jesús pasado, presente y futuro. Durante este evento de salvación todos los humanos son hechos sagrados especialmente en nuestra vulnerabilidad. San Pablo les recuerda a los cristianos en Corinto y a nosotros de “"la gracia de Dios que nos ha sido conferida en Cristo Jesús, para que en él nos enriquecieran en todos los sentidos. Emmanuel (¡Dios está con nosotros!) apareció como un niño en un pesebre hace más de 2.000 años, está presente en nuestras vidas hoy y volverá en gloria!

Soy José tu hermano. El p. Joe Hannappel

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