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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/24/2014 9:35 AM

As Alex and Elias moved to the seminary, they wished to pass along this note:

We send you greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Allow us to thank you so much for the love and care you have given us.  Your love, kindliness and generosity mean a lot to us.  You have made us feel at home in St. John Neumann Catholic Church since the time we arrived.  The greetings, smiles and good wishes you extended to us made us feel “we are in the right hands; we have found a home away from home”.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/17/2014 1:15 PM
This week, both our First Reading from Isaiah and our Gospel Reading from Matthew hint at welcoming the stranger to our midst. For Isaiah, there were large numbers of foreigners who were living in Israel at the time. For Our Lord, there is the strange interaction with the Canaanite woman whom he seems to dismiss until her persistence wins Him over. In all, there is an orientation towards the other, as other, that the Liturgy is point us towards.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/10/2014 7:25 AM

It seems that some of the overarching themes that are being presented for our reflection through the Sunday readings presented at Mass over the last few weeks are how Jesus is seeking out after us, particularly in those moments and areas that seek to isolate us from both Him and one another.

I would like to take a step back and look at some of these overarching themes that are in the Gospel of Matthew for the week, so that we can also see where we are heading. One thing to note about the structure of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life and ministry is that he breaks down His mission into five “segments,” each of which contains a longer discourse or teaching, followed up by Jesus putting those teachings into place. In this structure, the Infancy Narratives serve as a prologue of the Gospel to make the connections to the Old Testament that are so necessary in understanding the mission of Christ.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/3/2014 6:43 PM

One of the marks that I noticed right from the first day I was here is truly how welcoming this parish is to the newcomer. From day one, I felt as if I were a member of this family and it has been a great blessing to me, both as a priest and as a man.

As we continue to prepare for the parish festival, we face a wonderful opportunity to express that hospitality and welcoming attitude to so many who may have no other opportunity to encounter and engage with Catholics in such a formal way. How we, as parishioners, interact with our neighbors and guests who have not had any other opportunity to know Christ through the context of the Church can truly open them up to the awareness that Christ truly is alive and present to us, today as He was to His Apostles two thousand years ago.

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