Retreat Opportunities

Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) 

September 23-25, 2017 at St. James, Kearney  *  April 13-15, 2018 at Christ the King, Gering
Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a weekend experience designed especially for young people from Spring Semester Sophomores in High School to age 23 and sponsored by the Diocese of Grand Island Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. The activities at TEC provide an enjoyable opportunity for young people to develop a better sense of self, to build positive relationships with others, and to grow closer to God. The weekend is based on solid, up-to-date theological and psychological principles. The testimony of thousands of young people who have participated in the program gives convincing evidence that TEC touches the participants deeply and has a positive influence on their value system. The registration fee is $85. I am hoping that we will be able to take a large group from St. James. We will keep you posted on transportation and scholarship opportunities. More details can also be accessed at Registration is available on line or in a printed format.

Going Bananas for Jesus

March 29-31, 2019 at Grand Island Central Catholic
Going Bananas for Jesus is a Grand Island Diocesan event held every two years for High School and Middle School youth of the Grand Island Diocese. It is a time for young people across the diocese to meet old and new friends through faith and fun. Information on keynote speakers, breakout sessions, social activities, and registration will be available this winter. We will keep you posted on transportation and scholarship opportunities. More details can also be accessed at

Higher Ground Retreats for HS & MS

Higher Ground Middle School  June 3-7, 2018 Camp Norwesca, Chadron
                                            July 22-26, 2018 NE State 4-H Camp, Halsey

Higher Ground 1                    May 27-June 1, 2018 Fort Rob. State Park, Crawford
                                            June 3-8, 2018 Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford
                                            June 10-15, 2018 Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford

Higher Ground 2                    May 27-June 1, 2018 Camp Norwesca, Chadron 
                                            June 10-15, 2018 Camp Norwesca, Chadron

Higher Ground College            May 21-26, 2018 NE State 4-H Camp, Halsey

Higher Ground High School retreats are five-day Catholic youth programs for those who will be juniors or seniors in high school. Each week provides 20 – 40 Grand Island Diocese student participants and 10 adult staff who engage in activities that include playing, praying and working together as a community of faith. The week begins at 7:00PM MDT on Sunday and ends at 10:00AM MDT the following Friday. The cost is $150, and a round-trip bus fare will be available at an additional $80.

At Higher Ground Middle School Retreat, approximately 25 student participants who have completed 6th or 7th grade and 10 adult staff gather in an informal atmosphere to have a lot of fun and build relationships of trust. The group is encouraged to experience the joy of playing, praying and working together as a community of faith. The retreat begins at 6:00PM MDT, Sunday, and ends at 1:00PM the following Thursday. We will keep you posted on transportation and scholarship opportunities.

More details for all HG retreats can also be accessed in the spring semester at


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

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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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