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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?’

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/4/2018 12:00 AM

As we turn to November, we look at the Four Last Things in the Church: Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgment. These are not necessarily that happiest or most joyful things to discuss; but yet they are also perhaps the most important things we can look towards, because they give us an idea of where we will be going to spend eternity; and this is one of the key questions of Christianity, after all!

Perhaps starting the month of November with All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, as well as remembering that run of funerals we had a few weeks back, (as well as a book I am reading), it has me pondering the question: how do we get to heaven?

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/28/2018 12:00 AM

On October 14, Pope Francis elevated seven individuals to the rank of ‘Saint’ in a consistory held at St. Peter’s Basilica. The two headliners were Pope St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero, a brief bio of each saint follows:

Paul VI was elected to the Chair of Peter during the Second Vatican Council and occupied the Chair until August 6, 1978. He came to Rome from Milan, but was originally from Brescia, Italy. His main task was to oversee the implementation of the Council in the life of the Church and he began the process for the Synod of Bishops. Pastoral in nature, he also had a deep heart for the Church and for walking with those along the way. Pope Paul VI was the first to call for a ‘new evangelization’ of a ‘post-Christian’ west, as well. We studied a number of his documents during our time in seminary: Humanae Vitae, Evangelii Nuntiandii, and the general instruction for the Roman Missal primary among them.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/21/2018 12:00 AM

It has become increasingly clear and important that the language we use is something vital. Language is something so powerful, too. I certainly think, too, of English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s line in his 1839 play, ‘Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy,’ which has been repeated frequently since: ‘The Pen is mightier than the sword.’ (Admittedly, I had to google that one, as I was sure it was Shakespeare!)

I think of the power of a kind and gentle word; how an unexpected compliment can lift the spirits and make one’s day, despite any other storm. The converse is also true, unfortunately. An offhand clip and critique sits with you all day and worms its way into the brain; leaving it as the only thing one can think about for the rest of the day, as it lives rent free in the brain, eating away at any good vibes that have been there.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/14/2018 12:00 AM
As I write this, the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the topic of Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment is convening in Rome. This is the fifteenth ‘Ordinary Synod of Bishops’ since the Second Vatican Council. The Synod of Bishops was established by Pope Paul VI in 1965 and from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website, the Synod process was established “to continue the spirit of collegiality and communion that was present at the Council. The Synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church in a manner that preserves the Church's teaching and strengthens her internal discipline.”
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/7/2018 12:00 AM

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is king at the box office these days. It seems they can simply run nearly anything out in a movie and it makes millions of dollars within a few short weeks. Typically featuring good stories, enough humor mixed in to keep everyone entertained, and a wide enough appeal to attract both young people and adults alike, the movies in the CMU have a force unlike many movie franchises ever launched before, especially with the sheer number of films both already released and in future planning.

Admittedly, they are fun and enjoyable movies. They avoid the polemic of political talk, instead focusing on the entertainment value and the distractions of big explosions and cosmic events portrayed across multiple platforms.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 9/30/2018 12:00 AM
In the Rite of Baptism, the parents of the child or children being baptized are commissioned as the ‘first teachers of their children in the ways of faith, may they be also the best of teachers,’ witnessing to the faith by their words and actions. It is a beautiful and tender prayer, as these (typically) small children are welcomed into the family of faith and called Children of God for the first time.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 9/23/2018 9:31 AM

Going through seminary and then working as Director of Vocations, there were two documents from the Church that served as constant guides for our work and what we were about: ‘Pastores Dabo Vobis’ from Pope John Paul II (his Apostolic Exhortation on the Formation of Priests in the Present Day, the Latin title translates to ‘I will give you shepherds.’) and the Program for Priestly Formation, which is a document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which took the guidelines and norms from the Apostolic Exhortation and applied them to seminary formation in this country.

Both documents outlined the ‘Four Pillars’ of formation towards the priesthood: Human, Intellectual, Spiritual and Pastoral. These dimensions of life in the seminary marked all that we did. Beginning with this column and over the next few weeks, I would like to explore, briefly, how they might also apply to the life of the lay Catholic as well.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 9/16/2018 12:00 AM

This weekend, we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Corpus Christi Parish! Anniversaries such as this, especially when they are significant anniversaries, are always something to celebrate because they acknowledge and celebrate the good work that God continues to do in our midst through the life and ministry of this parish.

Much as we did when we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of St. John Neumann in January, we celebrate this weekend with a dinner! And it strikes me that so many things we do in the Church are surrounded with this concept of food and how food adds to the celebration.

Even when you look at the life and ministry of Jesus in the Gospels, how many times did he do something in the context of a meal? It seems as if it is every other page! His first miracle, turning water to wine at the wedding in Cana, was at a meal. He so often invited tax collectors and sinners to meals; eating dinner at Matthew’s house after He called him from his post as a tax collector, or eating at Zacchaeus’ house after calling him down from the sycamore tree in Jericho. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus constantly spends time eating and enjoying the company of the Twelve and others who are walking along with Him in His journey.

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