baptismTo have your infant or child baptized at St. James, schedule a Pre-Baptism Class before the birth of your baby by calling Deb Kratochvil at 234-9695. Classes are held every other month.

What is baptism? The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. "He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake... to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water" (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634).

Jesus' immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God's will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin - Original and actual - and begin to live a new life with God.

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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...

Parish News

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...
JUBILEE CENTER COMMUNITY MEALS: The Community Life Committee invites you to help provide and/or serve food for the...


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St. James Catholic Church

3801 Avenue A
Kearney, NE 68847


Parish Office Hours

Mon-Thurs - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fri - 9:00am to 3:00pm


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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