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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/29/2017 12:00 AM
This week, we celebrate two of the most important feast days for the Church and for us as disciples of Christ: The Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (commonly called All Souls’ Day.) These two great feast days celebrate where we hope to go once we complete our journey on earth, but they also unite the three great ‘levels’ of the Church in one great hymn of praise before God the Father.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/22/2017 12:00 AM
This October is full of important anniversaries in the Church. On October 13, we celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the ‘Miracle of the Sun’ that happened at Fatima, Portugal, as Mary promised to the three peasant children. It was a great sign of Mary’s favor and promise and a wonderful reminder that despite the growing threat of war in Europe at the time, God was still clearly in charge. The request to consecrate Russia to Mary and to pray for the conversion of Europe is still bearing good fruit throughout the world. (As a side note, I think of the fall of Communism without entering into a third world war, and can only think of the power of prayer at work.)
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/15/2017 12:00 AM

On the evening of October 5, I gave a presentation to the parents of children in the preparation for First Reconciliation on the perils of pornography. At the start of the talk, I wanted to make sure that I was clear as to why I was leading this talk, as it is such a sensitive topic.

To be clear, this talk was not in response to a particular incident or event.

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to attend a four-day intensive training seminar sponsored by Integrity Restored. This seminar was focused on the widespread impact that pornography has had (and is continuing to have!) in our society; and it was very eye opening for me to attend. At the end of that conference, I resolved to bring that information back to the two parishes in order to be pro-active in responding to this crisis.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/8/2017 12:00 AM

Unfortunately, all too often moments of great need also provide opportunities for those with ‘less than pure’ motives to take advantage of others. It can seem so simple, an email hits your inbox with an easy link, ‘click here to donate!’ button… Or someone you know sends an email out of the blue about needing some financial help because of something off the wall happened. And all of a sudden strange information starts to be requested…

Simple advice comes into play here: if it seems odd, it likely IS odd; pay attention to your gut feeling. And it is always a good idea to verify requests for money via a second source or an alternate means of communication, say a text of phone call, for example.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/1/2017 12:00 AM

About a year ago now, I was given an opportunity to contribute to a new effort at evangelization by several friends who are all organized around twitter and other social media platforms. What started as a website run by Tommy Tighe blossomed into a full-grown book: “The Catholic Hipster Handbook: Rediscovering Cool Saints, Forgotten Prayers, and Other Weird But Sacred Stuff,” which was just published by Ave Maria Press out of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Admittedly, the term ‘Catholic Hipster’ needs a bit of an explanation, eh? From the book blurb: ‘Being a Catholic Hipster is all about an attitude--an attitude grounded in being part of a countercultural community of believers dedicated to something bigger than themselves in a world dominated by self-centeredness. It's about yearning to learn more about the faith by seeking out "Catholic cool"--overlooked saints, forgotten prayers and feast days, and traditional practices long set aside by mainstream believers.’

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