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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/29/2015 9:55 PM
As we gather this week, the liturgy we celebrate places us in two opposite camps. At the beginning of the Palm Sunday liturgy, we gather outside so that we can welcome Jesus in to Jerusalem to claim his place as the rightful King of Israel. Shortly thereafter, we are a part of the crowd within that same city that screamed out in anger and jealousy against this same King: ‘Crucify Him! Crucify Him!’
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/22/2015 8:35 AM

There are so many demands on our time these days, it can become difficult to take time for ourselves and to step aside from the chaotic pace of life to simply ‘be.’ I think this is part of the reason God gives us such a pattern of resting on the Sabbath, He knows we need those times to ‘unplug’ and simply to ‘be’ with Him.

Next week, we enter into Holy Week, the most important week in the year for the Church, for it is the time when we re-enter into the mysteries that brought about our Salvation: Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the establishment of the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday, His total offering of self on the Cross during Good Friday, and the conquering of death and sin in the celebration of His Resurrection at the Easter Vigil and Easter Morning. I would like to invite you to participate in our celebration of these mysteries here at St. John Neumann. The schedule is listed elsewhere in the bulletin.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/15/2015 10:03 AM

Following up on last week’s notice regarding Vibrant Parishes, the first meeting of the Pastoral Region Coordinating Committee was held on the evening of Monday, March 9, at Corpus Christi. After consulting with the parish staff, I have asked the following parishioners to serve on this committee: David Stentz, Julie Lepsky, Barry Reynolds and Pat Bergen.

They are joined by Jim Rosenbaum, Peg Morris, Mary Beth Ottke and Don Traut of Corpus Christi in guiding this next step in the process of becoming a collaborative pastoral region. Fr. Jim Meade and I will be working with the committee and we are very pleased the David Kissell has agreed to serve as the facilitator for the committee. Many of you might know Mr. Kissell from his time on staff at St. John the Baptist, although he now works in the Stewardship Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. His local knowledge should serve us well as we move forward together!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/8/2015 9:55 AM

The last two weekends, we have had snowfalls on either Saturday or Sunday, but thanks to the efforts of many in the parish, the sidewalks and the parking lots have been cleared; even in the midst of the major snow on February 21 for a funeral in the morning! On behalf of all the staff and parishioners, I would like to thank the men who made that happen. It is a great testimony to the love and dedication that you all have to the parish, to the Church and to Christ for you to give up such significant portions of time to help us all out in those times.

While Mass will always be celebrated (after all my commute to the Church is very short!), please be safe first and foremost. Even if you are scheduled to be a Reader, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Server, etc., if the weather is not fully cooperating, please feel free to stay home! We can either get someone who does make it to cover or make due with whomever braves the elements.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/1/2015 1:32 PM
It seems this winter just does not want to let up! Thank you all for your understanding with the postponement of the Town Hall Meeting from February 19 to March 2; with the bitter cold, we did not want to take the chance with any type of ‘re-freeze’ as the temperatures dropped. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 2, 7:00 PM, again at St. John the Baptist, Dry Ridge. This is an opportunity for you to hear what the plans are for St. John Neumann and Corpus Christi as we move forward towards a collaborative pastoral region and to share any thoughts and concerns you might have.

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Re: Why do we place a white pall on the casket of the deceased at funeral Masses?
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