Youth Religious Education

Religious Education:
Pre-K - 5th Grade

Classes meet on Wednesdays from 4:15 or 6:15 at Kearney Catholic High School for an hour. Classes are held from September through May.

Just a reminder: If Kearney Public Schools cancel due to inclement weather, there will be no Religious Education classes that evening. Closings will be announced on local radio and TV stations or check for cancellation information.

IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY by calling the Religious Education office at 308-234-9695 or email Deb at

Catechists: Those that share their time and faith teaching Catholic traditions, doctrine, and prayers to enrich the faith formation of the children of St. James. Our catechists are the heart of our program.
Aide: Assisting Catechists in their classes.
Contact: Deb Kratochvil, 308-234-9695

Curriculum: We use the text 'Blessed Are We' which has the approval of the United States Catholic Bishops.  The text has a spiral curriculum, building each year a foundation of faith in a child's life.

The Mission Statement of the St. James Religious Education program is to provide a process whereby children encounter God's loving presence; to encourage them to pursue a faith journey by gaining knowledge through the Bible, liturgy, sacraments, traditional and spontaneous prayer; to cultivate religious education and values in family life; to foster a spirit of community and service to others; and to instill pride in being a Catholic pursuing a lively, celebrated, challenged faith.

RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children)

Religious formation for the children who are past second grade and have not yet received the Sacraments. If your child has not received sacramental preparation at their designated grade level, please call the Religious Education office for information on this program.
Contact: Deb Kratochvil, 308-234-9695

Youth Ministry/Religious Education: 6th - 12th Grades

Religious Formation and Education: Our middle school, high school and Confirmation classes are
held on Wednesday evenings. Our middle school classes use The Catholic Connections Handbook for
their curriculum and includes many community building activities. High school classes focus on
Catholicism in our world today and strengthening student's Catholic faith. Confirmation uses guest speakers, peer discussion, and spiritual bonding to prepare juniors and seniors for their third Sacrament of Initiation.

Classes are held from September through May.

RE Times:
Middle school 6:15-7:15 PM
High school 7:30-8:30 PM

Fun and Fellowship: Getting together to pray, play and share faith are important aspects of our program. Game nights, movie viewings and ice skating are just a few of the events that have been enjoyed by our students.

Volunteers: Not one piece of this program would be possible without the help from all of our generous volunteers. We have 25 adults who teach our students every Wednesday evening and many others who help with special events, join as guest speakers, and provide food and supplies. We love being able to get various parish community members involved in our program, from parents and grandparents to college students and everyone in between. We appreciate all of your help to show our youth they are an important part of our St. James community.

If you are interested in helping:

Middle School / Sr. High Catechists: Prepare and teach learners of the Catholic faith.
Middle School / Sr. High Substitute: Willing to substitute in 6th - 12th Grades.

Diocesan Events: In addition to our local programs and events, we also support the youth events of the Grand Island Diocese such as Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), Higher Ground and Going Bananas for Jesus. More information about these programs can be found at: or call Katie with questions.

Contact Katie Clark at 308-234-5536 or for more information.


Classes are held during the 2nd semester of 11th Grade (February through April) & during the 1st semester of 12th Grade (September through November).

If you are interested in helping:
Confirmation Table Leader: Working with a small table of young people as well as with the Confirmation team in the larger group to help the youth understand the church and their role, in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall.
Confirmation Retreat Team Member: Help organize and lead the Confirmation Retreat designed to kick off the final preparation period of Confirmation preparation.

 Call Rhonda at 234-5536 for more information. 

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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!!!



Mass Times

Saturday - 5:00pm
Sunday - 8:30am & 10:30am
Spanish Mass - 12:15pm (every 2nd Sunday)

Easter Mass Times

Holy Thursday - 7PM
Good Friday - 12PM, 3PM, 6PM
Holy Saturday - 8:30PM
Easter Sunday - 8:30AM & 10:30AM

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Upcoming Events



Gailen & Becky Kotrous Benefit
Old Town Hall (former Knights of Columbus) 3/18/2018 11:00 AM
There is a benefit planned for Gailen & Becky Kotrous on Sunday, March 18th from 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. at the Old...



Catholic Social Teaching: The Dignity of Work and The Rights of Workers
Lenten Series 3/18/2018 4:00 PM
March 18, 2018: Catholic Social Teaching: The Dignity of Work and The Rights of Workers presented by Sister Margaret...

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Grand Generation Mass and Luncheon
Grand Generation Mass and Luncheon will be Wednesday, March 21st at the St. James Church. Please join us for the 12 noon...
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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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