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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/18/2018 12:00 AM

Over the door to my office at St. John Neumann is a sign that says, ‘Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.’ I don’t often see it, as it is literally above the door and, honestly, who looks up that high, anyway? But as I struggled to write this column today, I glanced up there and that sign hit me as a particularly apt reminder for the two weeks that are coming up. And how much we can struggle with silence.

During this past Advent, I unplugged my TV. And it was a very fruitful and beneficial advent for me, spiritually. I found I was less agitated, more focused and the prayer came a little easier to me, as well.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/11/2018 12:00 AM

As I think back to the time that Jesus walked on this earth and we approach the time when He gave His life for our salvation, a thought struck me: the importance the Jewish people at the time of Jesus placed on the worship of the Passover in the Temple. It was one of the classical ‘Pilgrimage Feasts’ of ancient Judaism in which the Jews in the Diaspora (those who were living outside of Jerusalem) would make a journey to Jerusalem in order to worship in the Temple. Granted, those who lived as far as Rome or modern day Spain or Britain would not make that journey every year, but they would make it a priority to go and visit at least once in their lifetime; if not on a regular basis.

Those who lived in or nearer to Jerusalem, however, would make the Feast of Passover and the concurrent Feasts of Unleavened Bread a particular time of celebration and worship before the Lord. Everything else in Jerusalem stopped during these High Holy Days as the Temple took center stage for them all.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/4/2018 12:00 AM
One of the signs of health of a parish is the participation in the RCIA program in which we welcome new members into the fold of the Catholic Church, either through Baptism or through reception into the faith for those who have already been Baptized in another Christian denomination. Lent is a time to highlight the journey of RCIA as the participants prepare to receive the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil. This year, in our pastoral region between Corpus Christi and St. John Neumann, we are preparing to welcome 16 new members into our fold at the Vigil, which is by far the largest group that I have ever welcomed and is a sign of the health and growth of these two parishes, praise God!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/25/2018 12:00 AM
Perhaps the biggest challenge that we face to our own ongoing conversion is the recognition of our blind spots to conversion. If we never learn of the areas where we need to change, we will never actually try to change them. This is one of the reasons the Church exhorts a daily examination of conscience, as this can be a great tool to help recognize these blind spots. Having a list of questions can be a great asset in performing this task, as well, because even as a priest, I sometimes struggle with my own spiritual life to both recognize and then implement the needed changes for me to become close to whom God wants me to become.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/18/2018 12:20 AM

And so it begins, the long trek of forty days through the wilderness of Lent. The period of Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving has begun so that we can approach the great High Holy Days of the Triduum and Easter with hearts made new and sprits refreshed.

This year, we are journeying through the Gospel of St. Mark. What always strikes me in this Gospel in particular is the sense of ‘hurry.’ It seems as if every line of the Gospel has a sense of ‘and then Jesus did this…’ immediately followed by ‘and then He did that…’ with another trip here and another miracle there. St. Mark does not include the long discourses and speeches that the other three Gospel writers include, Jesus is too much a man of action in this Gospel.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/11/2018 12:00 AM

Matthew 25 gives us a clear indication of our role and responsibility as disciples of Christ. In that chapter, Jesus tells those who have been welcomed into the paradise that they are there because they were able to recognize His presence in those who were poor, needy, naked, alone and imprisoned. They put their faith into action and did it all not because of a desire for a reward, but because it just flowed from who they were and their living relationship with the Lord.

From my first moments in these two parishes, I have been amazed at the number of ways that these things are done in and around the parish. Our Pastoral Area Food Pantry is staffed by an army of volunteers who give so generously of their time. (Not to mention that the food pantry is stocked by so many donations that come in from parishioners!) The St. Vincent de Paul Society serves neighbors in need and helps to address the root causes of what precipitated the call into the society. The Men’s Organization and the Knights of Columbus assist with various projects around the neighborhood.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/4/2018 12:00 AM

This weekend, we close Catholic Schools Week. We spent the last week celebrating and acknowledging the great work that is done in our Catholic school system and we continue to ask God to bless the work of the staff, teachers and students at all our Catholic schools.

We are blessed at these two parishes to be served by the Catholic School at St. John the Baptist, as well. I continue to be amazed and gratified by the involvement of Corpus Christi and St. John Neumann in the parish school, as well. Since I have been here, the president of the school board has come from these two parishes. Frequently, the PTO leadership has also come from Corpus and St. John Neumann, as well. When I visit the school, I see many of our parents present for different activities; all of this despite the parish school being located at a different campus than ours. Again, I am greatly edified!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 1/28/2018 12:00 AM

I’m not sure why, but I continue to be surprised by the awesomeness of the Lord. I’m writing this later than I normally do because of the preparations I had to make for the Fortieth Anniversary Celebrations that happened over the past weekend for St. John Neumann. When Fr. Leo reached out to me and suggested coming here and being a part of the celebrations, I had no idea what to expect. I knew he was high energy, but wowzers, he even stunned me!

His joy for life in infectious, and his cooking skills are terrific! Yet, he could tie it all back to the beauty and power and truth of the Gospel. A little ingredient step as simple as adding salt to a dish becomes a great reflection on how Jesus desires to spice our life! 

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.

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