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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!!!


Welcome to St. James

After more than 150 years in the Kearney community, St. James parish has a rich history as a community of Catholic worship and an established legacy of service to the people of the Kearney area.

St. James parish was established in the 1860s 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. Right now, we are in the midst of an exciting time in the development of our parish as we have vacated our church structure for a year-long renovation project. This time of sacrifice and growth, we pray, will ultimately strengthen our community and our faith as we return to a renewed place to gather and worship.

We welcome our Catholic brothers and sisters, our visitors from other denominations, people new to Kearney or just stopping through, to pray and celebrate the Sacraments with us. Join us at our various gathering points in Kearney. You will be welcomed and embraced as we are called to celebrate, with you, and ask you to join us in being a sign of the presence of God.

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June 24, 2018
June 24, 2018

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint
John the Baptist. In Christian tradition he is also known as
“John the Forerunner.” John’s birthday on June 24th is one of
only three birthday’s celebrated in the liturgical calendar. The
other two are the Birth of Mary on September 8th and the Nativity
of our Lord on December 25th.

The church uses the solar calendar to represent the mystery of
the relationship between the sons of Mary and Elizabeth, John
and Jesus. John’s birthday is placed on the longest day of the
year, because in John 3:30 he said of Jesus, “He must increase;
I must decrease.” Every day after the summer solstice becomes
shorter and shorter, the light decreases, until the winter solstice
which is the shortest day of the year. Six months later Jesus’
birth is celebrated because from that day on, the light increases
again each day. This gives a physical connection to Jesus proclaiming
in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world.”

The Canticle of Zechariah found in Luke 1:67-79, a song attributed
to John’s father, is prayed every morning prayer in the
Church’s Liturgy of the Hours. Here are the last three verses:
“And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for
you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his
people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their
sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak
from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in
darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of
peace.” You might consider praying the Canticle of Zechariah
every morning and the Canticle of Mary (Luke 1:46-55) every

I am Joseph your brother. Fr. Joe Hannappel


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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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