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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/26/2017 12:00 AM
As you have noticed, during the Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent, we have a series of long readings from St. John’s account of the Holy Gospel, as we accompany the Elect and Candidates for Full Communion on their journey towards Baptism and Reception into the Church at the Easter Vigil. The readings have central themes of Water, Light, and Life, respectively, each week.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/19/2017 12:00 AM
March 19 is the day we traditional celebrate St. Joseph in the liturgical calendar. This year, because he falls on a Sunday, he gets moved to tomorrow, March 20, since Sundays of Lent have a priority on the liturgical calendar. Typically, if a saint’s feast day falls on a Sunday, that saint just gets elided over for the year. But St. Joseph, because of his importance in the Church, gets to have his feast transferred. (It is a perk of being patron of the universal Church!)

But as important as St. Joseph is in the life of the Church, we know so very little about him. We do not have a date of birth. We do not have a date of death. There are no quotes directly attributed to him. We have no idea where he is buried. We have no other details about his live other than the few scant aspects that are in the Infancy Narrative in Matthew’s account of the Gospel.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/12/2017 12:00 AM

One of the items we do not hear about as much today as was once discussed are the precepts of the Church. While over the years there have been more, currently we have five obligations that the Church lays out for us in order to assist with our discipleship towards the Lord:

1)    You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.

2)    You shall confess your sins at least once a year.

3)    You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.

4)    You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.

5)    You shall help provide for the needs of the Church.

While all of these are important in the life of the faithful, I would like to focus on numbers two and three for the column today, in particular as we host The Light is On for You this Tuesday.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/5/2017 12:00 AM
One of the experiences that we offer with the Pastoral Area every Advent and Lent is an opportunity to gather for Taizé Prayer, which we are offering this Tuesday at St. John the Baptist. For many, this style of prayer is unfamiliar, mainly because it is just… different. But yet, it is a wonderful and meditative way to pray with song and scripture, so I would like to take the time here to describe the history of the Community where this prayer arises and what this style of prayer is about

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