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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/19/2019 12:00 AM

This weekend is one of great rejoicing and celebrating in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati: nine men are being ordained to the priesthood for service to the archdiocese, the largest class since eight were ordained in 2004 and the first time we have had nine or more men ordained since close to 1980! We should all rejoice that the Lord has heard our prayer for vocations and inspired so many young men to respond with the generous yes towards the priesthood of Jesus Christ!

The class being ordained is one of particular closeness to my heart and prayer, too, as they were the last men that I walked with to enter into First Theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. Over the last five years, I have watched them grow into fine young men who will do marvelous things for the local Church here in Cincinnati.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/12/2019 12:00 AM

There are two unrelated things to convey this week in the bulletin: Happy Mother’s Day and the Amazing Parish Conference.

First, Happy Mother’s Day to all to whom this applies! There are so many little things that mothers do in our world, so many that often go unnoticed, that it is hard to summarize the beauty and dignity of motherhood in a short column like this. Perhaps the role of a mother is so beautifully recapped by St. Luke at the end of the infancy narrative in his Gospel: ‘Mary kept all these things, reflecting upon them in her heart.’

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/5/2019 12:00 AM

With Easter happening so late this year, the usual planning for everything that happens during the Easter Season got crunched together even more than usual. Both last weekend and this weekend, we are celebrating First Communions, which is admittedly, one of my favorite days as a priest. They are all so excited to receive Jesus for the first time, I wish and pray we could all be excited to receive Jesus every week (or even every day!)

 

This coming week, we also celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for our young people at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. Bishop Binzer will bestow the Holy Spirit upon them in a new way, to complete their initiation into Christ so that they can carry his message to the world. It is an exciting time for them, as well, and it is an honor to be able to present our candidates to the Bishop for this great honor.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/28/2019 12:00 AM

As we continue to bask in the glow of the Easter Fire, we return to celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy on this Second Sunday of Easter and the close of the Octave of Easter as well. I will return to each of these, briefly, lower in this column; but first a few words regarding Easter and the Triduum.

It is such a blessed time and what wonderful and unique things that we get to celebrate. Each year, we re-enter into the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection with a series of liturgies that, combined, re-present the heart of the Christian Message. However, these liturgical rites do not happen on their own, many individuals contribute to the beauty and majesty of what it is that we celebrate: musicians, lectors, art and environment, servers and MCs, office staff, fellow clergy, seminarians, buildings and grounds crews, etc. The few days prior to the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the parish campuses are a bee hive of activity as all the preparations are completed and the buildings never look better than they do this time of year.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/24/2019 7:50 AM

Happy Easter! Jesus is truly Risen on this day and with His Resurrection, everything changes! After the long period of Lenten Fasting, everything on this day seems a little brighter, a little happier, a little cleaner. Jesus is Risen and Hell trembles in fear, for the power of the evil one is broken and life once again erupts!

As we bask in the Easter Joy, we rejoice at the new life found in the Baptism of our Elect at the Great Vigil of Easter. It is a true joy to now call them Neophytes, Newly Baptized! We rejoice with those who came into the Church and received their Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist for the first time as well. IT is always such a great joy to see the excitement and expectation on the faces of those who have made the long journey through RCIA and are now Catholics just like the rest of us!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/14/2019 12:14 AM

It is here, Palm Sunday and Holy Week. The week that is different than any other week. This week is filled with rituals and rites, celebrations and commemorations that mark the special and unique time of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. But these rites and rituals do not just celebrate events from the past, they make these events just as real as they were for the Apostles, for Mary, for the other close friends of Jesus.

Through these events, we have the opportunity to enter Jerusalem with Jesus here on Palm Sunday; we have the opportunity to sit as his feet at the Last Supper; we have the opportunity to walk the road to Calvary; we have the opportunity to visit Jesus while He lays in the tomb; and best of all, we have the opportunity to run to the empty on Easter morning to see the burial cloths, to see the stone rolled away, to hear Jesus call us by name, as He did Mary Magdalen.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/7/2019 12:12 AM

We are entering the final stages of Lent, and the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection is approaching. These are the ‘High Holy Days’ of our Church’s calendar and are the core of who we are as Catholics and what it means to be a Christian and disciple of Jesus. There are a few thoughts I would like to reflect upon for this column today.

One, Jesus embraces the Cross to transform our suffering into something that can bring us life. His embrace of the Cross is still an image I remember seeing from ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ which was released over fifteen years ago now. I can still see how Jim Caviezel’s depiction of Jesus looked at the Cross with a sense of love, appreciation and anticipation. As we walk with Jesus along Holy Week, might He give us the strength and courage to embrace our crosses as well.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/31/2019 12:00 AM
To begin with, I would like to thank all those who assisted with and came out to the Pastoral Area Mission by Mr. Michael Gormley. His reflections were powerful and helpful in growing in our relationship with God. I also know that these events do not just happen, so I would like to thank Deacon Larry Day, Becky Albrinck and Amanda Weickert for working together to make this mission happen, as well as the many other volunteers who provided hospitality and other behind the scenes things to make the three evenings enjoyable.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/24/2019 12:00 AM

Hope Springs Eternal! As is a surprise to no one, I am a fan of Major League Baseball; and this is the best time of year to be a baseball fan! The new season starts this week, and the Reds return from their winter hiatus in Goodyear to return the palace down by the Ohio River.

The start of a baseball season is the promise of new hope, every team (hopefully!) has a chance to make the playoffs, we all expect the latest acquisitions and return veterans to have the best year of their career and to carry the team all summer long.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/17/2019 12:00 AM

Every year on the Second Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of the Transfiguration, as Jesus takes Peter, James and John up Mount Tabor and, for the only time during His public ministry, allows His divinity to shine through His humanity in an unmistakable way. Typically, the Feast of the Transfiguration is celebrated in August, near the Jewish feast of Tabernacles or Booths. But it is also proclaimed this weekend, too.

When things like this happen, it is good step back and ask the question: why? Why is this being proclaimed now?

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