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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/28/2017 12:00 AM
This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer holiday season. Yet, it is good to keep in mind that there is much more that we celebrate on this day, as well. First known as Decoration Day, the holiday that became known as Memorial Day started in response to the so many Americans being killed during the US Civil War. On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan called for a national day of remembrance to be held on the 30th of May that same year, for the purpose of ‘strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.’
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/21/2017 5:28 PM

I imagine that when married couples attend a wedding together, they remember their own wedding day and what made it unique. Perhaps, they also think through how they have grown as a couple since that day, as well. I know it certainly happens for me as a priest!

This weekend, three men for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have been ordained to the priesthood, one of whom is from my hometown and has asked me to vest him at ordination, which is a great honor! It brings to mind many happy memories from the weekend I was ordained and also many happy memories of my time in the priesthood.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/14/2017 12:00 AM
Throughout the month of May, we celebrate so many things that acknowledge and celebrate that unique and special role that is played by mothers in our Church and society. One of two traditional months where we celebrate Mary, we hold her up for all the beauty and mystique that is included in her role as the Mother of God and hence Mother of the Church. Towards the end of the month of May, we typically celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the birth of the Church, whom we venerate as mother and guardian of her members. And of course, today we celebrate Mother’s Day in the secular world, which we have adopted to be a part of our liturgical celebration as well.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/7/2017 12:00 AM
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is commonly known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday,’ as every year a passage from the ‘Good Shepherd’ discourse is read from the tenth chapter of John’s account of the Gospel. Appropriately, it is a time that many parishes celebrate First Communions, it is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood. These celebrations are linked in such an intimate and powerful way: our young people come to the Altar of God for the first time, so that they may be nourished in their journey to find where God is leading them into the perfect joy He has outlined for them.

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