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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 1/13/2019 12:00 AM

Today, with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, we close out the Christmas Season and return to Ordinary Time tomorrow. For me, as a priest, there is always this sense of, ‘Ho Hum,’ as we dive back into the green vestments, alas…

Prior to doing so, a few things to note. One, thank you to all who made the Christmas celebrations at both parishes such beautiful and joyous occasions. There are so many details that are taken care of behind the scenes and under the radar that make these liturgies beautiful and respectful to Our Lord. Please know if you had a hand in any of those details, no matter how small, I am grateful for your contribution. The staff certainly shares that gratitude as well!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 1/6/2019 12:00 AM

Epiphany, a manifestation, an appearance, a recognition of something unseen. In the Church, it acknowledges another visitation, not Mary to Elizabeth, but three wise ‘sages’ from the East who come to offer gifts to the new born King of the Jews.

Throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons, it seems that every day is filled with rich imagery and meaning, so much to contemplate and unpack…

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/30/2018 12:00 AM

In many ways, this is the easiest bulletin column to write every year. It can be as simple as expounding on the theme of: Jesus was born into a family, make your family like the Holy Family!

But it never seems quite that simple, does it? After all, every human relationship is impacted by the entrance of sin into the world and we do not have Jesus at the physical center of our life as a constant reminder to ‘do whatever He tells you’ to do!

And even further along, when you start to look at the hidden cracks deeper in the family history of Jesus, you start to realize that His family tree, at least, is just as messed up as ours! There are skeletons hiding in His closet, too! What are they? Who are they?

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/23/2018 12:00 AM

This Sunday is such a day of anticipation and excitement! Even at Mass, we have things all set and ready to go not only for the celebration of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, but also everything is waiting in the wings to set up for the celebrations of Christmas as well! The excitement is nearly palpable in anticipation!

When I was a child, even when I started seminary and into my first years as a priest, I never recognized the amount of work that goes into preparing for these great feasts. Now as a pastor, there are so many moving parts, many of which I do not even know, that go into our preparations for these events. The Art and Environment has so many things to order. The choirs and music ministry has been rehearsing for weeks. There are lots of homilies to write and prepare. The logistics of moving everything around, etc. It takes a parish to pull off these celebrations! And we are blessed with great teams who execute things so well, it makes it a dream to be here as pastor.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/16/2018 12:00 AM

The preparations for Christmas are well under way and in a little over a week, everything will be in place! (I let out a little bit of an ‘EKE!’ as I typed this, as I am never ready for the gifts part of Christmas!) At the parishes, we are also well into our preparations for the celebrations of Christ’s Birth and His welcome into our homes at Christmas.

One of the key ways we welcome Jesus at Christmas here at Mass is by welcoming the ‘stranger’ in our midst. As parish staffs, we know that we have more guests in the pews over Christmas and Easter than we do on a weekly basis. The challenge is to see this as an opportunity to welcome Christ and invite that little death to self that comes along with this invitation.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/9/2018 12:00 AM
In talking with some of my brother priests, we are always trying to compare the viability of parishes and address the question of what makes for a vibrant and thriving parish. We have come up with so many variables, it is hard to keep track of what we have all said. But one major factor that shows the health of a parish is how parishioners support ‘extra’ efforts in the parish. Over the last few weeks, we have had quite a number of ‘extra’ events in these two parishes, and you have all shown wonderful and super support for them all!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/2/2018 12:00 AM

My sister Tania recently sent out a text in the family group message. Admittedly, it was a cheesy and corny video, but it had a good message that she wanted to share with the rest of us. In the linked video, a man woke up wrapped in gift wrap. His wife next to him was also enclosed in gift wrap, too. As he went through his morning routine, everything that he normally did was also wrapped in gift wrap: his shoes, his coffee mug, his children, the shower, his clothes, even to his car parked out in the driveway.

As he went through his day, he had this exuberant and joyous encounter with everything anew as he unwrapped each gift that was presented to him, even though that gift was as familiar as an old pair of slippers. (This was certainly the cheesy part!)

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
As we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King this weekend, I always think this is a difficult feast for us in the United States to celebrate; after all, the foundations of our country involved throwing off the tyranny of a far off king to establish a democracy unlike anything else seen in the world at the time. Yet, we still celebrate and honor Jesus as our King, not only of our hearts and minds, but also of the entire universe all as well.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/18/2018 12:10 AM

The best days of the year for me, as a priest, are the days we celebrate the Sacramental Life of the Church in a particular way. Obviously, every Mass is important and vital to me; but Mass takes on a special importance when it includes a First Communion, or the celebration of Confirmation or a Wedding; those days are so enjoyable because you get to see the work of Grace active in the life of parishioners in a very particular way.

While it does not occur at Mass, the celebration of First Reconciliation is also an enjoyable and exciting opportunity with our young people. The hidden joy is that I get to celebrate it twice, too! Especially at First Reconciliation, our young people are a mix of excitement, nerves, and joy. It is a special privilege to be with them on these unique occasions of these encounters with God as He continues to call them to that unique greatness found only in our relationship with Him.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/11/2018 12:15 AM

Sometimes, the Lord puts things on my heart in a way that, despite my reluctance, I can’t seem to let go. This time, it has to do with the weekly Mass schedule and the Mass schedule on Holy Days of Obligation. Quite simply, I am feeling the call to add a 6:30 AM Mass on Fridays during Advent and Lent, and if they are successful, to add them throughout the year. I would also like to add a 6:30 AM Mass on Holy Days of Obligation, as well.

That is the ‘What,’ now for the ‘why?’

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