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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/30/2015 12:00 AM

As some of you may know, Saint John Neumann has recently started a new young adult’s ministry program. Young adults, ranging from 18-39, meet and discuss their faith every other Thursday evening in the youth room. It is a small but ever growing ministry, and it is vitally important for the survival of our Church.

Young people are leaving the Church in droves. As one study pointed out almost 80% of Catholics who left the Church left before they reached the age of 23. This begs the question, what is driving our young people away from the arms of the Church? The majority of those who have left received some type of religious education. About a quarter of them attended youth group regularly. By all definitions they were what we would call ‘good Catholic kids’. So what happened? The Church did not continue to stay engaged with them. Often times we prepare them for the next journey into college, but then we do not provide for their spiritual needs anymore. If we’re really lucky some of them will actively SEARCH for a Newman center or a parish when making their college decisions. But others will simply not be supported. Some will give in to the relativism of our age. Some will have questions they simply cannot find answers to.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/23/2015 12:00 AM
From the Desk of Deacon Pat Palumbo
As a Deacon I am very familiar with the Greek word for service (dia konia).  The Apostles chose deacons to the ministry of service so that they could dedicate themselves to preaching the word of God.  In a special way to carry on the work of Christ, who made himself, as the Gospel says, “a servant of all” (MK 9:35).  We as Catholics are also called to be of service both to God and the Church as well as to each other.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/16/2015 12:00 AM

Often, when we meet someone, it is common to ask the person “What do you do for a living?”  When I say I am a “youth minister”, I often immediately hear “Oh, so you work with teenagers?  That must be interesting.” 

Actually, I do work with teenagers and preteens, and I have even had a chance this past year to work with RCIA candidates and even second graders.  The title “Youth Minister”, however, is somewhat misleading.  In all honesty, I am actually a “Parent Minister”. 

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/9/2015 12:00 AM

From the Desk of Deacon Ron Risch

There are many kinds of signs in the world.  Some signs direct us or give us information: like a "stop sign" or our church sign out front.  Still other signs symbolize something, like the pictures in your wallet or purse.  And then there are the signs we call "sacraments," which Christ has given us as the actual personifications of his love and real presence.

The Gospel passages last week (John 6:24-35) and this week (6:41-51), come almost immediately after the story of Jesus’ miracle of the multiplication of loaves to feed the five thousand.  He’s definitely kicking things up a notch.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/2/2015 12:00 AM

As I write this, I am starting to stare at a few boxes and crates to pack things away for my sabbatical. While I am greatly looking forward to the experiences that await me during this time, please also know that I will miss you all greatly as well; you will certainly be in my prayers and thoughts while I am away.

When I was working in the Vocation Office, men would ask me what day to day life was like in a parish. At the time, I could basically shrug my shoulders and say, ‘Got me!’ and I would try to relate things that my classmates and/or brother priests had told me about their parish experiences. As I leave for some time of prayer and study and ongoing formation; now I bring my own treasures of what life is like in a parish with me. And I would like to offer a few thoughts for you, too, to answer the question: ‘As a priest, what is life like in the parish?’

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Deacon Ron answers your questions.

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