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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/30/2017 12:07 AM
As I write this, I have just come back to the parish office after my fifth funeral in the last two weeks, and there was an additional one celebrated by a visiting priest as well. Four of the funerals were parishioners, two were brother priests (Fr. Bob Buening and Fr. Chris Coleman). To say it has been a difficult two weeks is a bit of an understatement!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/23/2017 12:20 AM
Last week in this space, I looked at ACTS as an acronym for our prayer to God: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication should mark our humble approach to God in prayer as we seek to grow in relationship with Him. I indicated in that column that it also applies, to some extent, to our relationships with one another, as well; but in slightly different ways. Particularly for married couples, this model is designed to help any two people communicate with one another better.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/16/2017 12:20 AM

With a prayer group that I moderate, we recently went through the fourth pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, on Prayer. If you have never read through that section of the Catechism, it is a great read on how to grow in prayer before the Lord, thereby strengthening our lived relationship with Jesus; something which we could all improve, I think, me first among everyone!

In the classic approach to prayer, the Church Fathers and great spiritual writers summarized our prayer before God with the acronym: ACTS, standing for Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication. For the column this weekend, I wanted to take a bit of a look at each of these types of prayer; and I will revisit them next week to see how they apply to our relationships with each other, too.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/9/2017 12:30 AM
The longer I have worked with Courage, the more I have realized that the Five Goals of Courage are a model of how to grow in virtue and holiness. In particular, for this week, I would like to look at the last of the five goals: to be a good example and/or a role model for others to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Every week as we meet, I think the same thing as we all sometimes struggle to come up with a good example from the last few days: We are all probably better role models than we think we are, but we could also always be a better example than we actually are! There is always room for growth.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/2/2017 12:00 AM
First, a work of thanks to Isaiah for stepping in to cover last week’s bulletin article. He has been a great joy to have around and I am looking forward to Scott Morgan joining the rectory team as he will shortly be returning to the US from a stay in Rome. He will cover this space in a few weeks to describe what he experienced while in the Eternal City.

As I write this, I have just returned from our ‘once every five years multi-day priest convocation.’ (Whew! It is a mouthful to even just type that!) This year, we met in Dublin, Ohio, for a few days of brotherhood and reflection around the Church’s Sacramental ministry, specifically looking at what the introductions of the various ritual books outline as expectations of priests in the celebrations of those particular rites.

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Re: Why do we place a white pall on the casket of the deceased at funeral Masses?
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