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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/22/2015 2:07 PM

As we gather on the First Sunday of Lent, across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati (and throughout the Church across this country!), parishes are sending forth their Catechumens and Candidates for Full Communion to the Cathedral for the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion. This is the final step for those in the RCIA Process as they prepare to enter into full Communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.



By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/15/2015 2:44 PM

So often around this time of year, the main question is ‘what are you giving up for Lent?’

Certainly, this is a good conversation starter among Catholics, but it is only one aspect of life in Lent and perhaps we can think of not just ‘giving up’ things, but beginning to replace potential vices with added moments of grace. After all, fasting is only one aspect of what the Church exhorts us to do during this great season. Fasting allows us to open our hearts so that we can more freely enter into the season with prayer and almsgiving!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/8/2015 8:52 AM

When I was first assigned here, I knew the first two months would be hectic as all get out while finishing up my responsibilities for the vocation office. Once those were completed, I foolishly thought life would ‘slow down’ a bit. I’m reminded of the quip about telling God your plans… This never really came to fruition, and thankfully so, for I continue to enjoy life here at St. John Neumann!

However, that life is about to change, again. Recently, Fr. Jim Meade announced his retirement from pastoral responsibilities of Corpus Christi Church, which will become effective as of July 1, 2015. With his retirement, the pastoral region between St. John Neumann and Corpus Christi will be implemented.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/2/2015 10:45 AM

As we return to Ordinary Time before entering into the great season of Lent, we return to some of the initial encounters that Jesus has with both His closest disciples, other followers, as well as the initial encounters with the Scribes and Pharisees that will ultimately lead to His Passion and Death.

As we find ourselves in ‘Year B’ of the Sunday Cycle of readings, we journey through the Gospel according to St. Mark. The shortest of the four canonical gospels, Mark’s account of the life of Jesus is one marked by constant activity. Jesus is constantly on the go, performing miracles, short encounters with others around Him; there is not a lot of time for long discourses like in Matthew’s or John’s account of the life of Jesus.

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