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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/23/2014 3:16 PM

Surprisingly for such a seemingly important celebration, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (as the official title calls for today) is a relatively new feast day in the history of the Church. It was instituted by Pope Pius XI in his 1925 encyclical letter Quas Primas in response to the growing nationalism and secularism of early twentieth century, a century we know now that would become the bloodiest period of one hundred years in human history as world wars tore at the very fabric of what it means to be a civilized world.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/16/2014 8:49 AM

This past week, kneelers were installed in Our Lady’s Chapel to aid with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evenings. The Rite of Exposition calls for us to ‘fall down in Adoration’ before the Lord’s Presence. Simply, it is much easier to get back up after one has knelt on a kneeler! It is a great benefit to be able to use the 3R money that results from the festival to make improvements around the campus. Both worship and pastoral councils were consulted and gave consent to the purchase of the kneelers.

To increase the availability of the Sacrament of Confession, I will make it a usual practice to be in the confessional during the period of Adoration as well: 6-7 pm on Thursday evenings. I know it is not always feasible for many to get to Church on Saturday afternoons, I hope this is a more amenable time for those driving home from work, etc.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/9/2014 8:52 AM

I once heard Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, tell of a story walking down the street in the Bronx with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. They were talking about issues that affected the two of them when, all of a sudden, Fr. Groeschel looks around and realizes, with a fair amount of panic: ‘I have lost Mother Teresa!!!’

Retracing his steps, he soon found her hunched over a man huddled in an entryway of an abandoned building. She was simply talking to this man, praying with him, loving him as only she could. As he came up to her, Fr. Groeschel realized he had not even seen this man, yet she not only saw him, but saw Christ in him and was ministering to this man whom so many others never even saw.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/2/2014 1:35 PM
One of the first things I noticed as I came to St. John Neumann was indeed how well this community prays together. As the priest-presider at Mass, I can feel the power of this Christian Community united in one heart and mind lifted in prayer before God. Please know how grateful and uplifting this is to me as the pastor of this community! Even though I can be very tired after Sunday Masses, I am also very energized by this community that truly does love one another.

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