Fishing with St. James

September 15, 2019

This weekend you will again be encouraged to participate in St. James Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is an opportunity for building our identity as a community of faith and works. It is both a fun and fund raising event for our parish. Since we have a large parish, we have to be intentional in the way we form our community. I invite you to make an effort to get to know the other disciples who make up our parish. At Oktoberfest, you will meet other parishioners, people from the community, and...  continue reading

September 8, 2019

This weekend representatives from the Catholic Community of Kearney WATCHMEN will present information and an invitation for men to be a part of their faith sharing group on Tuesday nights and Thursday morning. This is a positive gathering of men for prayer and support in living out our Catholic faith. I encourage the men of our parish to consider joining these gatherings as a way to grow in your practice of the faith. On Wednesday, our preschool through twelfth grade Faith Formation...  continue reading

September 1, 2019

This week you will receive a mailing from St. James inviting you to participate in our annual community building festival that we call Oktoberfest. If we have your email you will also receive an email encouraging you to sign up for committees and donations electronically. Oktoberfest is a celebration of Christian community. It is both a fun and fund raising event for our parish. Since we have a large parish, we have to be intentional in the way we form our community. I invite you to...  continue reading

August 25, 2019

I am honored to announce that St. James parishioner Noah Huddleston has entered Conception Seminary College. Noah is a 2016 graduate of Kearney Catholic and has been in college since then, however because not all credits transfer to the seminary he begins as a sophomore. Also beginning this year at Conception Seminary College are Liam Murphy (Prince of Peace parishioner and 2015 KCHS graduate) and Adam Bauer. Other seminarians for the Diocese of Grand Island are John Rohweder, Chas Canfield...  continue reading

August 18, 2019

This past week, Sheila Gawrych began her position as our part time secretary. Sheila’s responsibilities include office hospitality, Faith Formation secretary, ministry scheduling and other office work. Brenda Marshall has worked in this position for the last two years and had worked here for five years previously. I am grateful for Brenda’s excellent work for our parish, it has been an honor to have her as part of our ministry team. Please extend a warm welcome to Sheila as...  continue reading

August 11, 2019

This past week scammers have been sending emails to parishioners pretending to be “Fr. Joe” and using a fake email account. Most of the emails ask you to reply as soon as possible and that I have a favor to ask or need help. Some emails even had a photo of me from our website. The next email directs you to buy gift cards for a fake charitable cause or for a family member of the priest. Scammers claim these gift cards are needed, but insist that the person cannot pick up...  continue reading

August 4, 2019

Please welcome Bishop Emeritus William Dendinger to our parish this weekend. I will be on vacation until next Friday. I want to thank the Social Committee and everyone else who helped make our parish feast day celebration a great success. Last weekend I spoke at Mass about why we will now be using the title Faith Formation in place of the former title Religious Education. There are many reasons for this important change, recently Bishop Hanefeldt made this statement:...  continue reading

July 28, 2019

Fishing with St. James on our Feast Day Pescando con Senior Santiago en el dia de la fiesta This weekend we will honor our parish’s patron, St. James the Greater (July 25 is the actual feast day). In the west hallway, you will find the title “S. Jacobus Maj.” above the stained glass window with his image. James is a variant of Jacob derived from the Latin meaning to supplant or replace. “Maj.” is an abbreviation for the Latin word Major, which is...  continue reading

July 21, 2019

At our parish staff meeting this week, I began our time together using elements of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading”). First, we all read the Sunday readings silently and then different individuals read them out loud while the rest of us listened. I asked, “What image, phrase or feeling stayed with you after reading and hearing the scriptures?” When I read it silently, the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah was the predominant image for...  continue reading

July 14, 2019

A scholar of the law asks Jesus two questions in today’s Gospel. “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? and “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answers with the two great commandments of loving God and our neighbor and the story of “the man in the ditch.” Most people listen to the parable from the view of its usual title “The Good Samaritan.” However, the parable begins with “A man fell victim to robbers.” I invite you to pray...  continue reading

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Planning Meeting for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
9/20/2019 6:00 PM
On Friday, September 20th at 6:00 p.m., we will have a planning meeting for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St....



Donuts and Dough
9/22/2019 9:30 AM
Donuts and Dough will be Sunday, September 22nd! Donuts and Coffee will be served after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. During...

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