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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/17/2018 12:00 AM
The reception for my niece’s wedding two weeks ago was a wonderful event. For a young couple, they were obviously the center of attention. But they wanted to make the reception as much about everyone else who helped them get to that point as it was about them. So Paige and Josh were very intent on making the evening a celebration for everyone in attendance; which it truly was!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/15/2018 12:00 PM

Over the weekend of May 26 and 27, I read in dismay as I saw that Ireland had repealed article 8 of their constitution that limited abortion to only cases of when the mother’s life was at risk. This vote opens the door for legislators to allow abortion on demand in a once proud and staunchly Catholic country, one of the last bastions of a Pro-Life nation in an increasingly secularized and post-Modern West. For many in the Pro-Life cause around the world, this vote was of a particularly sad note. It was the first time in history that the protection of life was stripped from children in the womb by a referendum election, as opposed to legislative action or judicial fiat (as was the case in our country via the Roe v. Wade decision.)

As I read about the referendum on Saturday morning, I pondered how we got to this point in our history, and I wept. We have fallen so far from the Christian values that once served as the foundation for our laws and morals, in such a short time, I wonder where we will be in just another five year’s time.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/3/2018 12:00 AM

There is much to celebrate this weekend! To begin, Corpus Christi celebrates her patronal feast, which is always a vital and important day in the life of a parish. For me, the other great celebration is my niece’s wedding! (Why she had to schedule it on the parish patronal feast was discussed in detail!) At first blush, these two events might seem drastically disconnected; but yet there are always some connections that can be made in our Catholic journey of faith.

Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ, has had a rich and deep meaning throughout the two millennia of the Church. There seems to be some indication that the term originally applied to the corporate body of the Church, with the Eucharist typically referred to as the ‘Mystical Body of Christ’ in the earliest centuries of the Church. At some point, these definitions seemed to have switched, although they can certainly still be used interchangeably.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/27/2018 12:00 AM
On May 19, four men were ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ for service to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. I worked with all four as they entered seminary formation and am proud of the men they have become and that they are now a brother priest to me! It is always an exciting day to celebrate ordinations to the priesthood, as it is the culmination of a long and sometimes arduous journey for the men, but is also a day of great rejoicing for the Archdiocese as we celebrate the life and ministry of Jesus in the vocation of those being ordained to serve at the altar.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/20/2018 12:00 AM

The ‘Daily Mass Crowd’ seem to laugh at me at least once a week as I quip at the start of a homily, ‘This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture/Saints/Feast Days, etc.’ Recently, someone came up and replied, ‘You can’t have a favorite every week, Father!’ Alas, I’ll try to back it down a little bit!

But anyway, Pentecost is a favorite for so many reasons. It is the birthday of the Church, it is an outpouring of the Spirit in a new and powerful way, it is an unraveling of the effects of sin in the world; and all together it is a sign of what awaits us in the glory of heaven, too!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/13/2018 12:00 AM
Today, we honor and celebrate the most important person in your life: your mother. No matter who we are or what we do, there is a particular woman in our lives who originally gave us life, and we all owe her a particular debt and gift of gratitude. That unique bond that exists between a mother and her child is something to gaze upon in awe; as I remember seeing my oldest sister holding her new born child some 24 years ago; (that child is now a mother herself!) I knew that there was something special present and I was witnessing a particular gift and beauty right in front of me.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/6/2018 12:00 AM
Both last week and this week, it has been a joy and blessing to administer First Communion to our second graders at both Corpus Christi and St. John Neumann. It is one of my greatest joys as a priest to see the excitement and anticipation of our young people as they approach the Altar of God for the first time to receive Jesus under the appearance of bread and wine, which we know is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus. I am very thankful to Pam McLaughlin at Corpus Christi and Becky Albrinck at St. John Neumann (as well as the teams that assist them!) for their diligent and hard work in preparing our young people for the reception of the Sacrament.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/29/2018 12:00 AM

Over the last two weeks, St. John Neumann has featured the ‘Cemetery of the Innocents’ on the front lawn. Each of the over 4,000 crosses represents one of the daily abortions in our country in which the life of the smallest children among us is ended pre-maturely. This is a great scourge upon our country and, as Catholics, should be one of the greatest social justice issues in our time. I am grateful to our Mother of Mercy chapter of the Knights of Columbus for helping to make this a reality for our parishes.

[As a side note, if you or someone you know needs healing from the emotional and spiritual scars of abortion, please visit Project Rachel (www.hopeafterabortion.com or www.catholiccincinnati.org/project-rachel) for more information on this personal and powerful healing resource.]

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/22/2018 12:15 AM

On April 11, my parents celebrated their 48th Wedding Anniversary. It is such a blessing and honor to be able to acknowledge this achievement as we slowly begin to make plans for two years down the road, too. It seems like we were all just around the dinner table as kids, and now all my siblings have their own children, and one even has a grandchild, herself!

In my time in the vocation office, I quickly discovered that not everyone was as fortunate to have such a family; but it was such a blessing to me to have the strong support of my family back home; as it made my discernment towards the priesthood much easier. There was a great deal of freedom and peace that came to me from them, and I am so very grateful for their support and the solid base they left me and my five siblings.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/15/2018 12:00 AM

To reassure everyone, I was properly chastised for my bulletin column of Easter where I mentioned the sn—word. Rest assured, it will not happen again this season! My prayers have turned to hoping Spring springs soon!

This is my first column since we celebrated the Paschal Triduum and Easter, and I continue to be very thankful and grateful for being a part of these two parishes. While there are always small hiccups from doing these very complicated liturgies only once a year, I think we are able to celebrate these sacred mysteries with the grace and dignity that they deserve. I am also keenly aware that there are so many who help to make these celebrations happen: from the musicians, cantors and choirs; to those who set up and decorate the Church buildings (and they are all decorated so beautifully this year!); to those who prepare our RCIA candidates for Baptism and Reception into the Faith; to those who prepare worship aids, etc. We are blessed to have well-oiled teams in place at both parishes and they make it a joy to celebrate all of these sacred ceremonies.

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