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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 9/24/2017 12:00 AM

Come on now, let’s be honest.  This week’s Gospel parable tells us that God is far more gracious and generous than we are.  But, you know that a lot of people think - that’s not fair – the way the workers were all paid the same wages and not working the same hours.

Too often we hear that employers aren’t fair! Teachers, referees, coaches, judges, our government isn’t fair!  Parents aren’t fair - the Church isn’t fair!  God isn’t fair!  Good gosh where does it end?

It’s encouraging for us to realize that we don’t have the right to make either judgements or comparisons of others.  We’re taught to be fair, to play fair, and work hard to get fair wages for a fair days work.  We think of work as a necessity.  We need a paycheck to pay our bills, buy the necessities we need, and a little left over for some relaxation.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 9/17/2017 12:00 AM
On behalf of the entire St John Neumann staff I would like to thank our festival committee, booth chairs, everyone who worked or helped out during the festival, setup and cleanup crews, scouts who helped with parking, our sponsors, and our entire staff who worked to make our festival a success.  The one thing we can always count on is a tremendous team effort and that certainly was the case this year.  The weather challenged us again this year with the remnants of hurricane Harvey basically raining on the festival all night on Friday.  But that did not stop the committee from moving as much as possible into Daniel Hall and helping to salvage something on what otherwise would have been a wash out.  We came back strong on Saturday and had a tremendous Sunday with absolutely beautiful weather Sunday.  How well we do financially is only one metric for measuring success.  Our festival succeeds on many levels including family fun, fellowship, safety, good entertainment and great food.  We also had some firsts this year including selling all 500 grand raffle tickets and conducting a very successful mega split the pot (over $2200)!  Congratulations to our grand prize winner who presented the winning ticket on Tuesday.   It is impossible to do this without the dedication of so many parishioners who in many cases work tirelessly the entire weekend --- thank you!!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 9/10/2017 12:00 AM

The past several weeks we have seen some awe-inspiring displays of God’s majesty revealed in creation. I’m sure many of us stepped outside a few Mondays ago to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse. And now we are seeing some awesome displays of power down in Texas with hurricane Harvey. These events, while very different, have had similar positive effects on our country.

It’s hard to pick up a newspaper or scroll through your Twitter feed nowadays without seeing some new controversy sweeping the nation. Recently the debate has revolved around statues. From confederate soldiers, certain Catholic Saints to even regular old Jesus Mary and Joseph statues inside Catholic schools, there never seems to be a way to please everyone. But despite this division, humanity still finds itself at the mercy of God’s great power.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 9/3/2017 12:00 AM

This weekend, we celebrate Labor Day here in the United States, celebrating the achievements of the American worker.  And on Labor Day, here in the US, many Catholic churches offer mass for the sanctification of human labor, though this is a government holiday.  (Mass this year for our pastoral area is being celebrated on September 4th at 10am at Corpus Christi).

We have many special days and celebrations throughout the church year as well. The first to come to mind would be Christmas and Easter.  Or maybe you think of other Holy Days of Obligation, such as the Feast of the Assumption we just celebrated on August 15th, or All Saints Day on November 1st.   

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