Fishing with St. James

June 23, 2019

Dear Parishioners- Today’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ invites us to appreciate anew the gift that is ours as members of the Catholic Church. Dating back to the night before Jesus died – the night that he shared his last meal with his apostles – the Church has believed in the real presence of Jesus in the consecrated bread and wine. This gift of Jesus to us speaks volumes. Jesus has Risen from the tomb and has Ascended to his, and our father, but he...  continue reading

June 16, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Fr. Joe has passed on the fishing pole to me for the next two weeks for his weekly “Fishing with St. James” bulletin column. This gives me a chance to hone my fishing skills. Yea! How appropriate that we set aside a day each year to honor our mothers, and now, this weekend, a day to honor our fathers. Not one of us would have life – not one of us would be here without our parents. Today we simply take time to be grateful for the good things and...  continue reading

June 9, 2019

The next two weeks I will be on vacation. The first week , I will visit with my ordination class from 35 years ago and for the 50th ordination anniversary of my seminary spiritual director and mentor during my years as a priest. The next week, the “Hannappel’s” are having a family reunion. It will be a large gathering since my dad, Wallace, who died in 2011, was the oldest of ten children, seven of whom are still living. I will see you again the last weekend in June. Fr....  continue reading

June 2, 2019

Deb Kratochivil is retiring from her Director of Religious Education position as of June 30, 2019. This weekend we are having retirement celebrations after all the Masses. Deb began as a catechist at St. James in 1977 and became the director of the program in 1995. She ministers in our parish in so many other ways as a staff person and a committed disciple offering generous service. If I made it into a litany of thanks it would fill this whole bulletin and more. I know I speak for the...  continue reading

May 26, 2019

On this Memorial Day Weekend, we honor all those who have served our country. We pray for all of our loved ones who have gone before us in faith. Here is a traditional Catholic Blessing at the “Rite of Committal:” Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. R. Amen. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. R. Amen. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen. Kearney Catholic will be...  continue reading

May 19, 2019

We are in the fourth of six weeks where we will hear this succession of readings: the Acts of the Apostles, a Psalm, the book of Revelation and the Gospel of John, in the Liturgy of the Word. It is a positive spiritual practice to find these passages (you will find them listed on the other page of this bulletin) and read them before you come to Mass on Sunday. This Sunday we will here from the Gospel of John 13:33a, 34-35, “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer....  continue reading

May 12, 2019

Fr. Art Faesser announced last weekend that he is retiring on June 30, 2019. I appreciate the ministry and service he has offered to the parish for the last five years. Because he is ten years older than me, I often refer to him as my “adult supervisor.” I appreciate his wisdom and am thankful that he has been “a companion on the journey” in Gospel ministry with me. Fr. Art will continue to live at the parish house next to me and offer help and support when he is in...  continue reading

May 5, 2019

Dear parishioners of St. James- Since this is the weekend that clergy changes are announced, I wanted to share my status with you. As many of you have already surmised, I do plan to retire as of July 1, 2019. Having turned 70 on April first, this seems to be a good time to make this transition. These past five years at St. James have been rich and fulfilling. My deep gratitude to the staff and to all of you for being at the center of this marvelous portion of my journey. St. James...  continue reading

April 28, 2019

On March 30-31, St. James had a second collection at the Sunday Masses designated for area flood assistance. The initial total was $9,674 and other donations were received bringing the total to $10,874. We added $226 from the general fund and distributed a total of $11,000 to the following groups; The Gibbon Area Flood Relief, Mary Chuy Restaurant that was flooded in Gibbon, Hot Meals USA, and Wood River Flood Relief (% St. Mary’s Church). I am grateful to everyone who made...  continue reading

April 21, 2019

Today we complete our “Triduum” the annual retreat where we are immersed into a communal participation in Christ's Paschal Mystery. By embracing this journey into death and resurrection we are continually called into conversion. We are challenged to gracious hospitality and a genuine desire to share the community’s joy with everyone who joins us at worship. St. John Chrysostom (347-407) wrote this in an Easter Homily: “Come you all: Enter into the joy of our Lord....  continue reading


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