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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 1/21/2018 12:00 AM
As I write this, it is about 1:00 on Saturday, January 13, and I am sitting in my office at Corpus Christi preparing for the First Communion Parent Meeting that takes place in a few hours followed by the afternoon confession and Mass. We have just completed the second funeral here in as many days and have a few more on the calendar for next week, as well. This is also the day after the most recent round of the ‘Cincinnati Snowpacalypse!’ which saw rain transition into ice which transitioned into a few inches of snow left on the ground by early Saturday morning.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 1/14/2018 12:00 AM
I think I am getting a reputation for being a home for orphan seminarians, as I am glad to welcome another man in formation towards the priesthood to our pastoral region! Mr. Stephen Codekas is currently completing his undergraduate studies prior to enrolling full time, God willing, in First Theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary this coming fall. He had been living at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson Township over the last several months, but the sabbatical of Fr. Thomas Kreidler necessitated a temporary change of location for Stephen; so he will be with us for the months of January, February and March.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 1/7/2018 12:00 AM

As the Great American Baking Show was preparing to air, I received an unexpected message from a brother priest: Fr. Leo Patalinghug of Baltimore, Maryland. He reached out to root me on and to congratulate me on joining the ranks of televised cooking priests! He has a regular show on EWTN called ‘Grace Before Meals’ and was featured on one episode of ‘Throwdown with Bobby Flay’ in which he took on the Iron Chef and won in a head to head battle.

The afternoon prior to the show airing, Fr. Leo called with a proposal: ‘Let’s build on the momentum of this!’ and we started throwing ideas and times back and forth. Because of his schedule of travel and parish missions, he only had one weekend available: January 20. While he wanted me to fly out to Baltimore to do something there, I proposed an alternative: that is the day we observe the parish feast St. John Neumann, can that ‘something’ happen here instead? And he agreed!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/31/2017 12:00 AM

There are always so many mysteries and things to contemplate this time of year as we make our journey from Advent into Christmas and reemerge through Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord back into Ordinary Time. And the feast that we celebrate today is of no small importance: the Feast of the Holy Family.

It always strikes me that Jesus could have come to this earth in any form that He wanted. I think through the visions and announcements of the Prophet Daniel, for example. The Lord of Glory could have come with the angels blazing a trail before Him.

Yet, Jesus came in such an intimate way through a family. He came in a hidden way so that those who could see with the eyes of faith would be able to recognize Him present as a small child. And He came in a way that we could all relate: a family.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/24/2017 12:00 AM

What a beautiful time of year. Even this year, with the Fourth Sunday of Advent falling on Christmas Eve, it is one of the best times of the year to be a priest. We get to celebrate unique and tender moments in the history of Salvation, in the history of God working with His people to bring us back into a relationship with Himself. And it is such a joy to celebrate with the parishioners of these two excellent parishes.

Once again this year, I am struck by both the tremendous scope of what we celebrate and the incredible intimacy of the retelling of the events. Throughout Advent, especially in these later stages of Advent when we look to the birth of Jesus in the manger in Bethlehem, the Church reviews all of the ancient prophecies that are fulfilled in this singular event. From the Garden of Eden, to the Kingship of David, to the prophecies of Isaiah and Malachi; the weight of history is focused in a small manger, and how incredible it is.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/17/2017 12:00 AM

I want to thank everyone who has come out to the watch parties, so far, for the Great American Baking Show. It has been tremendous fun and I am glad I can finally share my little secret with you all. In this whole process, I have gotten many questions about the show, why I auditioned, what all happened while I was away, and of course, many ‘I didn’t know you baked!’ comments! I’d like to take this space to answer a few of those comments.

The application process started in either late February or early March. A friend on Facebook sent me a link with the comment, ‘You should apply to this!’ And it was the application to the show! I thought it would take a few minutes, maybe up to twenty; but I finally finished it an hour and a half later! An email receipt came in a few days later, but I didn’t hear anything until mid-April. A call out of the blue and a Skype interview the next day, and I was on my way. If you remember back over the summer months and there were times when I disappeared without much explanation, it was often because of the application process for the show.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/10/2017 12:00 AM

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to join with the many volunteers who make the Thanksgiving Day Meal Drive at the Pastoral Area Food Pantry a wonderful success. While I probably caused more harm than actual help, it was great fun to join these volunteers in ministering to our neighbors in need. And I drove home with a full and happy heart, ready to celebrate the joy of the upcoming Christmas Season.

But as I drove away, my brain started kicking in to gear once again. I realized how lucky I am to be born into the family that I have and into the situation that I was raised in. While no family is ‘normal,’ my own situation was about as close to it as one could get. And so many of the families who came to receive the gift of a meal for Thanksgiving most likely longed for that normalcy.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/3/2017 12:00 AM
This year is that rare year where the Fourth Sunday of Advent also happens to be Christmas Eve, making this the shortest that Advent can be. It presents us with some unique challenges for the year, as well. We have to fit what normally takes four weeks into essentially three, and it certainly places a crunch on the time available for decorations for Christmas Eve Masses, as well.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/26/2017 12:00 AM
Throughout the month of November, the Church holds up the Four Last Things for our reflection. We start the month with the two great feasts of All Saint’s Day and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (commonly called All Soul’s Day). This weekend, we end the month, so to speak, with the Feast of Our Lord Christ the King; celebrating and acknowledging that Jesus is the ruler and king of all the known universe, which is not a bad title to put on a business card!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/19/2017 12:00 AM
This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, which begins the annual rush towards Christmas. But first, we take time with family and friends to think back over the year and recognize the blessings that God has given to us throughout the past twelve months. And when we start to look for those blessings, we can see them all around.

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