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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/29/2018 12:00 AM

There are always a few things that make me smile during Mass: when the music fits the message of the homily, for example; it always feels like a moment of the Holy Spirit bringing multiple points together. The Holy Spirit also seems to be active when an infant or toddler makes a noise agreeing with a particular point in the homily, as well, that makes me laugh out loud at times. (Or when they are singing along with the music, too!)

I’m reminded of a time at a previous parish assignment, I processed over to proclaim the Gospel, and as I finished the introduction ‘A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark,’ a two-year-old right in front of me hollered, ‘YEAH!!!!’ I thought, shouldn’t we all be so excited to hear the Gospel proclaimed!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/22/2018 12:00 AM

It is often said that, as Catholics, we think in decades and centuries while the rest of the world thinks in months and years. We tend to be a little resistant to change, after all. But, alas, things do change every now and again. Over the next few months, there are some small changes that will happen for a time prior to returning to our regularly scheduled program, but it might take a bit of time to explain…

During September, October and November, Fr. Tom McCarthy of St. Ann, Groesbeck, is going to be taking time away for his sabbatical; as I took time away three years ago. He is taking time for prayer and study and little bit of travel. However, because of this, he needed a priest to step in and assist the parish while he is away during those three months.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/15/2018 12:00 AM

As I mentioned in last week’s column, the summer months no longer seem like ‘quiet’ months, as the activity and events around the two parishes continues at full pace. One of those events is something that I have been wanting to do for some time now, a bible study on the Biblical roots of the Mass, which starts Monday evening this week in Daniel Hall at St. John Neumann. It is open to anyone who wants to participate, so please bring a friend, too.

The Mass is the most important ‘thing’ that we do as Catholics. It is the prayer of Jesus Himself, as He draws us ever closer to Himself. The Second Vatican Council called the celebration of the Eucharist the ‘source and summit’ of the Christian life: that from which all flows, and that to which all flows.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/8/2018 7:46 PM

One of the many questions that come my way this time of year: ‘do you get any time off during the summer months?’ While they are a tad bit quieter and less chaotic, the summer months do seem to fly by, as there is always something going on!

The week of June 17-22, we hosted Totus Tuus as part of the parish religious education programming. We hosted four missionaries who are spending their summer going to various parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to spread the message of the Gospel to our young people. From all reports I have been given, it was a great experience for both the grade school students and the high school students. It was great to see the energy and enthusiasm of the missionaries, as well, as they shared the joy of the Gospel in such a powerful and dramatic way.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/1/2018 5:40 PM

This week, we celebrate the foundations of our country and ask, once again, for God’s blessings to be bestowed upon this great country of ours. As I look at the increasing rhetoric in our country, I ponder on what once made this country so unique and what will return us to that place as well.

During the weekday Masses recently, we have been reading from the historical books of the Old Testament, including First and Second Samuel, which tell of the first three kings of Israel: Saul, David and Samuel, and from the First and Second Books of Kings, which tell of their lineage down through the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the divided monarchies. As you read through these historical narratives, you start to recognize something important. Whenever there was a king in Israel or Judah who was humble and close to the Lord, the kingdom flourished. But when the king was worldly, more concerned with his political power and intrigue, making peace through political treaties and intermarriages; the kingdom suffered; even to the point of being destroyed, as was the case of the northern kingdom of Israel.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/1/2018 5:38 PM

As we make a journey through Ordinary Time, there are times when our regular flow of ‘Sundays in Ordinary Time’ get interrupted by another feast coming along. Today is one such occasion as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, the great pre-cursor of our Lord. We will certainly discuss this great feast during our homilies this weekend, so I wanted to take this space to clarify why and when certain feasts get to take the place of others, etc.

As we know in the Church, there is a certain hierarchy of structure: Pope to Bishops to priests to the parish community, etc. That same structure is reflected in the concept that is known as ‘increasing solemnity,’ such that some feast days have a higher importance than others. For example, Christmas and Easter are always and everywhere the highest and most important feasts on the Church’s calendar, as they are the key moments in the history of salvation.

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