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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/26/2017 12:00 AM
This week, we begin our great journey through the season of Lent. As we enter Lent, the focus always seems to be on what we are giving up, sacrificing, for the next forty days. Yet, there is much more to this season than just that. In the Pastoral Region, we have a variety of ways to enter the spirit of this great season so that when we arrive at the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter, we can experience it anew!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/19/2017 12:00 AM
This week, we celebrate one of the stranger feasts that we have in the Church: the Chair of St. Peter. (Insert joke here: you Catholics will celebrate anything!) While it may seem a strange thing to celebrate, it is also an important teaching moment to celebrate as well, because the Chair of Peter is the visible reminder of the unity that exists in the Church, a unity that is guaranteed by staying in communion with that very same chair: the teaching office of the Holy Father.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/12/2017 12:00 AM
Last week, in talking about the release of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, I realized that one of the main challenges that we can face as disciples in the midst of the world is staying connected to the power of the same Spirit. There is the ‘Post Retreat High’ that can occur when someone has a mountain top experience and they are thriving on that spiritual adrenaline, yet as Peter, James and John have to eventually come down from Mt. Tabor, we have to eventually come down from that spiritual high as well.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 2/5/2017 12:00 AM
Every once in a while, random passages from the Gospels or the Scriptures will pop in my head. I’ll be in the middle of something completely opposite, and BAM, all of a sudden I am thinking about the Pearl of Great Price in Matthew 13:46. Down the rabbit hole I go as I wonder what is this Pearl of Great Price and how do I find it in my life? And that is quickly followed up with a thought: ‘Now that I am a pastor, how do I help my parishioners, my spiritual children, find this Pearl in their life, too?’

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