Parish Committees

Parish Council

Members represent the parishioners as an advisory committee to the Pastor in all spiritual and secular affairs of St. James Parish. The Council is composed of nine members each serving a three-year term but no more than two consecutive terms. Additional members include the Pastor, a Parish trustee(s), and designated office staff. Members also serve as liaisons of other parish committees to the Parish Council. The Council meets on the third Thursday of each month. Members are selected by lot from names advanced by the nomination process. 
Contact: Father Joe Hannappel, 308-234-5536, 
Finance Committee
Members serve to advise the Pastor and Parish Council in all the financial matters of the parish. This includes monthly review of the financial report and financial status, preparation of an annual budget and annual financial report to the parish, overseeing parish investments and liabilities, and direct means of raising revenue for the parish. The Finance Committee is composed of six members each serving a three-year term but no more than two consecutive terms. Additional members include the Pastor, a Parish trustee(s) and designated office staff. Members are approved by the Pastor. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
Contact: Father Joe Hannappel, 308-234-5536,  
Members: Matt Sommers           Brian Groskreutz     Mike Kathol
Gary Steffensmeier      Jodi Smith              Steve Rogers
John Lakey                 Ed Berglund

Buildings and Grounds
Members meet to offer directives as well as talents to maintain and improve the physical condition, safety and operation of the parish facilities and infrastructure. This includes cleanup of the grounds along with trimming of the landscaping. Members help to keep the landscape healthy. Some physical labor is needed. Experience in plant care is helpful but not necessary.

Members have also assisted with interior care. Helping with periodic cleaning efforts. The Liturgical Art & Environment group assists in recommendations regarding placement of pictures and other artwork to enhance the beauty of the Church and enrich the worship environment.
Contact: Mark or Kathy Glatter  (308) 627-4505

Catholic Social Teachings

The Catholic Social Teaching Committee of St. James is committed to raising the awareness of and understanding of Catholic Social Justice principles; to advocating for those principles; and to putting those principles into action in our family, economic and community life. 
Contact: Sr. Catherine 308-234-5536

Communications Committee

Members plan and provide talents to improve and maintain areas of communication. It is essential to the vitality of the Parish that adequate information be disseminated to all parishioners. This includes electronic media such as the church website and social media. The Communications Committee continually updates the website to keep information current and relevant. Historical information, recent and future events are also posted on the website. The bulletin, bulletin inserts and lay ministry schedules are uploaded weekly. The St. James Facebook page is continually updated to keep its followers informed of the current happenings and future events of the parish.
Contact: Sherri Harms,

Community Life
Members plan, organize and put on social activities for the local community. Activities this committee currently supports are: monthly Safe Center meals, Coat & Mitten drive for the Jubilee Center, weekly Jubilee meals during the month of April, monthly nonperishable food drive for the Jubilee Center, Goodfellows Christmas Shoebox Project, Advent Tree and Easter Caring Tree.
Contact: Sharon Hoffman, 308-240-4481

Grief Ministry

Members support those experiencing grief with prayer, compassion, understanding and care. The committee receives information regarding those who have died and sends sympathy cards, offers mass intentions, and makes comforting information available to the grieving families. A support group is also available and the committee is responsible for the Mass of Remembering every November.
Contact: Sr. Catherine Bones 308-234-5536

Hispanic Community 

Members plan, organize and put on activities related to the Hispanic culture. This includes prayer groups, Bible study, bilingual masses and Our Lady of Guadalupe feast. There is a liaison to the Parish Council.

KCHS School Board

There will be two members of the parish who will represent the parish on the board. The Parish Council and Finance Committees will be kept abreast of activities at the school by liaison report and review of the school board minutes.
Contact: Father Joe Hannappel, 308-234-5536,

Liturgy Committee

Members assist in the planning, organizing, and decorating for liturgies for each season and special occasions according to liturgical documents and local tradition. Additionally assists in training liturgical ministers and distributing the minister schedules on a weekly basis.
Contact: Parish Office, 308-234-5536

Liturgical Art & Environment
Members assist in evaluation of various forms and placement of artwork for the church as a whole to enhance the worship experience.
Contact: Parish Office 308-234-5536

Oktoberfest Committee

Members plan, organize and oversee the annual fall “fundraiser/fun raiser”. This committee has four subcommittees: (1) dinner, (2) carnival-bake sale-bingo, (3) prize drawing and silent auction, (4) publicity.
Contact: Sara Brunner

Religious Education Committee

Members assist the director of the various aspects of Religious Education. On occasion committee members are asked to help with sacramental celebrations. The focus is to enhance the Religious Education Program for the children of St. James Parish Pre-Kindergarten-5th grade.
Contact: Deb Kratochvil, 308-234-5536

Social Committee
The Social Committee organizes and sponsors social activities for the parish community. Members organize receptions for RCIA, First Communion, and Confirmation. Coffee and Doughnuts are served on the second Sunday of each month; a soup supper in January; a barbecue in July for the Feast of St. James; and plan other parish social events.
Contact: Liz West, 308-234-3535

Stewardship Committee
The Stewardship Committee seeks to promote parishioner sharing of time, talent and treasure. This by educating the parishioners along with spearheading the annual Stewardship Renewal and directing the results of the Renewal to the appropriate committees.
Contact: Parish Office, 308-234-5536

Welcome Committee
Member(s) contact all newly registered parishioners welcoming them into the parish, acquainting them with the parish and inviting them to become involved in parish activities, events and projects. A welcoming packet is given. Involved in planning future welcoming events and review of new registration activity.
Contact: Parish Office, 308-234-5536

Office Support
Projects include: stuffing inserts in the bulletin, answering phones, helping with large mailings.
Contact: Jody Suchan, 308-234-5536 - Church Office

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SCRIP Gift Card Program

To stream-line the sales process, the SCRIP program will be changing in January 2018.

• Rather than selling gift cards in the gathering space after Mass, SCRIP will now be available to purchase by completing a paper order form and placing it (along with your payment) in the collection plate during Mass or by taking it to the church office.
• Orders will be due by the 15th of each month, and gift cards will be available to pick up from the church office on or after the 22nd of each month.
• Blank order forms can be picked up in the Gathering Space, on a table outside the office.

You can use SCRIP gift cards for gift giving or for your usual day-to-day expenses such as groceries or gas. Each time you purchase SCRIP gift cards, a percentage of your purchase goes directly to St. James. Thank you for your support!!!



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Spanish Mass - 12:15pm (every 2nd Sunday)

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St. James Catholic Church

3801 Avenue A
Kearney, NE 68847


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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.

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