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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.

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

September has now turned and the fun events of the Summer have slowly faded into the rearview mirror, alas. School is back in session with full force and many of the adult faith formation opportunities are back in swing. Both parishes have returned to that hub of activity that helps them to continue to grow and thrive.

The regular rhythm of life around the parishes seems to be good indicators of growth. Events happen as we continue to explore the richness, depth, and beauty of our Catholic faith. Maybe that is one of the greater lessons of the quiet of the summer months returning to the beehive of the fall and winter months: we must never stop growing, in our intellectual understanding of the faith as well as our experiential understanding of the faith.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 9/4/2018 3:30 PM

Last weekend, the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States (the Nuncio is akin to the Holy See’s official diplomatic representative to the various countries with whom the Vatican City State has diplomatic ties), Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò released a statement very critical of the current state of affairs within the Hierarchy of the United States and in the Roman Curia. It has the potential to be one of the most groundbreaking documents within the Church of this century, at least.

Since the release of this document, there have been many commentators who have argued all aspects of the document from: ‘it was a political document because he and the Holy Father are political enemies’ to ‘every person named in the document should resign immediately!’

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/26/2018 12:30 AM

Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed that there have been many different projects taking place at both parishes. Luckily, working with the facilities commissions at both parishes has been a tremendous blessing, but I wanted to take this space to give a few updates as to what all is going on.

At Corpus Christi, the biggest change has happened at the west end of the parking lot with the dismantling of the old athletic building. Quite simply, the building was beyond repair and was serving very little use any more. We examined several options as to how it could have been preserved, or at least parts could have been preserved, but the termites and disrepair made it cost-prohibitive. With the building gone, there will be a more natural entry into the prairie grasses that will go in the area that has been plowed over. The two plaques that were on or near the athletic building have been preserved and kept. Plans are still being finalized with how they will be presented, but will likely be incorporated into the prairie in some way.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/19/2018 12:00 AM

Many people have commented on the article I wrote about my parent’s business (the creatively titled ‘Schnippel Construction’) two weeks back. I thought I would give a bit more information about their work, as it informs who I am and how I think about management and leadership of a team. I know I have lots to learn yet, but more on that in future columns.

The business my parents run (ran? Mom is fully retired and enjoying the Grandkids, Dad is still working about 20-30 hours a week; which is way too many for my mom’s liking!) is a commercial construction company that was originally founded by my paternal grandfather. When he came back from the Marines in the Pacific Theater in World War II, he absolutely did not want to go back to the farm he was raised on. Instead, he moved into town, married his high school sweetheart, and started a handyman service doing small projects around town. Eventually, he moved up to houses and small commercial construction, as it was available.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/12/2018 12:00 AM

We so often talk about a parish being a family; and I continue to be impressed and humbled by the way these two wonderful parish communities truly display a familial spirit on a day by day basis. In fact, it is something that I hear regularly from visiting priests: ‘These parishes truly do care for each other!’ It is a true blessing to help shepherd this familial approach and to constantly strive to enlighten and strengthen the bonds of love that exists both in each parish itself; as well as between the two parish communities and the larger Church community as well.

Perhaps I am thinking about this familial approach this weekend in particular because I am unfortunately away, but due to family obligations. I am in Chicago celebrating the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of my God Parents (who also happen to be my Aunt and Uncle (my mother’s oldest brother.)

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/5/2018 12:00 AM
As the son of business owners, I learned from very early on that Catholic principals of life are applicable not only to one’s personal life, but also can be just as informative to one’s business career as well. I remember well the care and concern that my parents showed to their employees and their clients, for they knew they had to constantly cultivate these relationships in order to continue to grow their business.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/29/2018 12:00 AM

There are always a few things that make me smile during Mass: when the music fits the message of the homily, for example; it always feels like a moment of the Holy Spirit bringing multiple points together. The Holy Spirit also seems to be active when an infant or toddler makes a noise agreeing with a particular point in the homily, as well, that makes me laugh out loud at times. (Or when they are singing along with the music, too!)

I’m reminded of a time at a previous parish assignment, I processed over to proclaim the Gospel, and as I finished the introduction ‘A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark,’ a two-year-old right in front of me hollered, ‘YEAH!!!!’ I thought, shouldn’t we all be so excited to hear the Gospel proclaimed!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/22/2018 12:00 AM

It is often said that, as Catholics, we think in decades and centuries while the rest of the world thinks in months and years. We tend to be a little resistant to change, after all. But, alas, things do change every now and again. Over the next few months, there are some small changes that will happen for a time prior to returning to our regularly scheduled program, but it might take a bit of time to explain…

During September, October and November, Fr. Tom McCarthy of St. Ann, Groesbeck, is going to be taking time away for his sabbatical; as I took time away three years ago. He is taking time for prayer and study and little bit of travel. However, because of this, he needed a priest to step in and assist the parish while he is away during those three months.

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