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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/28/2016 12:00 AM

“As I mentioned in my remarks to Council that were reported in last week’s bulletin, Mr. Johnathan Eichhold has been assigned the Pastoral Region of Corpus Christi and St. John Neumann. I asked him to write a short introduction, which follows below. Please make him as welcome during the coming year as you have me over the last year!  - Fr. Kyle Schnippel”

My name is Jonathan Eichhold. I am a seminarian with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. My home parish is St. Ann in Hamilton, which is only about 15 minutes away. I was born and raised in a large Catholic family with five sisters and two brothers in Hamilton, OH; I am the fifth of eight children. I like virtually all sports, but especially like hockey and golf because I grew up playing them. I graduated from Hamilton High School in 2001, and have work history in printing, construction plumbing, and the military. I was in the U. S. Marine Corps from 2006 to 2011 serving as an infantry machine gunner. I deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/21/2016 1:00 AM

The week of August 1-5, I had the opportunity to join the entire staff of the Central Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in attending the Evangelical Training Camp, sponsored by Evangelical Catholic. It was an opportunity to focus on our work in the Church as missionaries and evangelizers of our world and how we can carry out the mission entrusted to us by Jesus to ‘Go out to all the world, Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!’

From my time working in the Central Offices (and now working in Parish Offices!), it can be easy to forget the importance of Canon 1752 in the Code of Canon Law, which reads, in part, ‘The highest law of the Church is the salvation of souls!’ In other words, above all and before all else, we must keep in mind that we work as an extension of the ministry of Jesus, who came to draw others to His Father in Heaven.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/16/2016 1:25 PM

In the last column that I wrote, I promised I would give some tips and tricks that I picked up in the conferences that I have attended lately. This seems like a great opportunity to do so! Please know I kept you all in my prayers while I was away, but it is great to be back in the parishes, as well.

The first conference I attended was for Courage, International; a support network for those who experience same sex attraction and are seeking to live in the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. At first blush, I realize many will say, ‘How does that apply to me?’ However, the Five Goals of Courage are great ways to grow in holiness, no matter who we are or what our particular struggles are.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/11/2016 10:51 AM
Our Fiscal Year ended on June 30, 2016 so here is a synopsis of how we are doing financially.  Our weekend collections were down slightly (1%) from where we finished the previous fiscal year ($570,661) but our total income from all sources was up slightly from last fiscal year ($777,647).  Our total income was boosted due to the rebate we received from the Capital Campaign (1 Faith, 1 Hope, 1 Love campaign).  Recall, since we exceeded our goal we received a portion of those funds directly back to the parish which amounted to $39,985.  Our intention is to reserve these funds for both capital and faith formation projects here at SJN. We have continued a trend over the last few years of cutting expenses and that continued this fiscal year.  Our total expenses were 719,270 which was down (2%) from the previous year.  We continue to subsidize families who send their children to our Catholic School and support the school as necessary.  We continue to reserve our festival revenue, along with the funds received in the 3R’s envelopes, which helps to allow us to accomplish the things listed below.

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