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

What a beautiful time of year. Even this year, with the Fourth Sunday of Advent falling on Christmas Eve, it is one of the best times of the year to be a priest. We get to celebrate unique and tender moments in the history of Salvation, in the history of God working with His people to bring us back into a relationship with Himself. And it is such a joy to celebrate with the parishioners of these two excellent parishes.

Once again this year, I am struck by both the tremendous scope of what we celebrate and the incredible intimacy of the retelling of the events. Throughout Advent, especially in these later stages of Advent when we look to the birth of Jesus in the manger in Bethlehem, the Church reviews all of the ancient prophecies that are fulfilled in this singular event. From the Garden of Eden, to the Kingship of David, to the prophecies of Isaiah and Malachi; the weight of history is focused in a small manger, and how incredible it is.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/17/2017 12:00 AM

I want to thank everyone who has come out to the watch parties, so far, for the Great American Baking Show. It has been tremendous fun and I am glad I can finally share my little secret with you all. In this whole process, I have gotten many questions about the show, why I auditioned, what all happened while I was away, and of course, many ‘I didn’t know you baked!’ comments! I’d like to take this space to answer a few of those comments.

The application process started in either late February or early March. A friend on Facebook sent me a link with the comment, ‘You should apply to this!’ And it was the application to the show! I thought it would take a few minutes, maybe up to twenty; but I finally finished it an hour and a half later! An email receipt came in a few days later, but I didn’t hear anything until mid-April. A call out of the blue and a Skype interview the next day, and I was on my way. If you remember back over the summer months and there were times when I disappeared without much explanation, it was often because of the application process for the show.

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

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to join with the many volunteers who make the Thanksgiving Day Meal Drive at the Pastoral Area Food Pantry a wonderful success. While I probably caused more harm than actual help, it was great fun to join these volunteers in ministering to our neighbors in need. And I drove home with a full and happy heart, ready to celebrate the joy of the upcoming Christmas Season.

But as I drove away, my brain started kicking in to gear once again. I realized how lucky I am to be born into the family that I have and into the situation that I was raised in. While no family is ‘normal,’ my own situation was about as close to it as one could get. And so many of the families who came to receive the gift of a meal for Thanksgiving most likely longed for that normalcy.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/3/2017 12:00 AM
This year is that rare year where the Fourth Sunday of Advent also happens to be Christmas Eve, making this the shortest that Advent can be. It presents us with some unique challenges for the year, as well. We have to fit what normally takes four weeks into essentially three, and it certainly places a crunch on the time available for decorations for Christmas Eve Masses, as well.

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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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