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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.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/15/2018 12:00 AM

As I mentioned in last week’s column, the summer months no longer seem like ‘quiet’ months, as the activity and events around the two parishes continues at full pace. One of those events is something that I have been wanting to do for some time now, a bible study on the Biblical roots of the Mass, which starts Monday evening this week in Daniel Hall at St. John Neumann. It is open to anyone who wants to participate, so please bring a friend, too.

The Mass is the most important ‘thing’ that we do as Catholics. It is the prayer of Jesus Himself, as He draws us ever closer to Himself. The Second Vatican Council called the celebration of the Eucharist the ‘source and summit’ of the Christian life: that from which all flows, and that to which all flows.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/8/2018 7:46 PM

One of the many questions that come my way this time of year: ‘do you get any time off during the summer months?’ While they are a tad bit quieter and less chaotic, the summer months do seem to fly by, as there is always something going on!


The week of June 17-22, we hosted Totus Tuus as part of the parish religious education programming. We hosted four missionaries who are spending their summer going to various parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to spread the message of the Gospel to our young people. From all reports I have been given, it was a great experience for both the grade school students and the high school students. It was great to see the energy and enthusiasm of the missionaries, as well, as they shared the joy of the Gospel in such a powerful and dramatic way.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/1/2018 5:40 PM

This week, we celebrate the foundations of our country and ask, once again, for God’s blessings to be bestowed upon this great country of ours. As I look at the increasing rhetoric in our country, I ponder on what once made this country so unique and what will return us to that place as well.

During the weekday Masses recently, we have been reading from the historical books of the Old Testament, including First and Second Samuel, which tell of the first three kings of Israel: Saul, David and Samuel, and from the First and Second Books of Kings, which tell of their lineage down through the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the divided monarchies. As you read through these historical narratives, you start to recognize something important. Whenever there was a king in Israel or Judah who was humble and close to the Lord, the kingdom flourished. But when the king was worldly, more concerned with his political power and intrigue, making peace through political treaties and intermarriages; the kingdom suffered; even to the point of being destroyed, as was the case of the northern kingdom of Israel.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/1/2018 5:38 PM

As we make a journey through Ordinary Time, there are times when our regular flow of ‘Sundays in Ordinary Time’ get interrupted by another feast coming along. Today is one such occasion as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, the great pre-cursor of our Lord. We will certainly discuss this great feast during our homilies this weekend, so I wanted to take this space to clarify why and when certain feasts get to take the place of others, etc.

As we know in the Church, there is a certain hierarchy of structure: Pope to Bishops to priests to the parish community, etc. That same structure is reflected in the concept that is known as ‘increasing solemnity,’ such that some feast days have a higher importance than others. For example, Christmas and Easter are always and everywhere the highest and most important feasts on the Church’s calendar, as they are the key moments in the history of salvation.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/17/2018 12:00 AM
The reception for my niece’s wedding two weeks ago was a wonderful event. For a young couple, they were obviously the center of attention. But they wanted to make the reception as much about everyone else who helped them get to that point as it was about them. So Paige and Josh were very intent on making the evening a celebration for everyone in attendance; which it truly was!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/15/2018 12:00 PM

Over the weekend of May 26 and 27, I read in dismay as I saw that Ireland had repealed article 8 of their constitution that limited abortion to only cases of when the mother’s life was at risk. This vote opens the door for legislators to allow abortion on demand in a once proud and staunchly Catholic country, one of the last bastions of a Pro-Life nation in an increasingly secularized and post-Modern West. For many in the Pro-Life cause around the world, this vote was of a particularly sad note. It was the first time in history that the protection of life was stripped from children in the womb by a referendum election, as opposed to legislative action or judicial fiat (as was the case in our country via the Roe v. Wade decision.)

As I read about the referendum on Saturday morning, I pondered how we got to this point in our history, and I wept. We have fallen so far from the Christian values that once served as the foundation for our laws and morals, in such a short time, I wonder where we will be in just another five year’s time.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/3/2018 12:00 AM

There is much to celebrate this weekend! To begin, Corpus Christi celebrates her patronal feast, which is always a vital and important day in the life of a parish. For me, the other great celebration is my niece’s wedding! (Why she had to schedule it on the parish patronal feast was discussed in detail!) At first blush, these two events might seem drastically disconnected; but yet there are always some connections that can be made in our Catholic journey of faith.

Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ, has had a rich and deep meaning throughout the two millennia of the Church. There seems to be some indication that the term originally applied to the corporate body of the Church, with the Eucharist typically referred to as the ‘Mystical Body of Christ’ in the earliest centuries of the Church. At some point, these definitions seemed to have switched, although they can certainly still be used interchangeably.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/27/2018 12:00 AM
On May 19, four men were ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ for service to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. I worked with all four as they entered seminary formation and am proud of the men they have become and that they are now a brother priest to me! It is always an exciting day to celebrate ordinations to the priesthood, as it is the culmination of a long and sometimes arduous journey for the men, but is also a day of great rejoicing for the Archdiocese as we celebrate the life and ministry of Jesus in the vocation of those being ordained to serve at the altar.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/20/2018 12:00 AM

The ‘Daily Mass Crowd’ seem to laugh at me at least once a week as I quip at the start of a homily, ‘This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture/Saints/Feast Days, etc.’ Recently, someone came up and replied, ‘You can’t have a favorite every week, Father!’ Alas, I’ll try to back it down a little bit!

But anyway, Pentecost is a favorite for so many reasons. It is the birthday of the Church, it is an outpouring of the Spirit in a new and powerful way, it is an unraveling of the effects of sin in the world; and all together it is a sign of what awaits us in the glory of heaven, too!

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