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Cincinnati Snowpacalypse

Jan 21

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1/21/2018 12:00 AM  RssIcon

As I write this, it is about 1:00 on Saturday, January 13, and I am sitting in my office at Corpus Christi preparing for the First Communion Parent Meeting that takes place in a few hours followed by the afternoon confession and Mass. We have just completed the second funeral here in as many days and have a few more on the calendar for next week, as well. This is also the day after the most recent round of the ‘Cincinnati Snowpacalypse!’ which saw rain transition into ice which transitioned into a few inches of snow left on the ground by early Saturday morning.

As I woke up this morning and got ready to face the day, I received a text from Bruce Neibling here at Corpus that he had already cleared the parking lot and the sidewalks around the Church in preparation for the funeral this morning. Both Bruce at Corpus and Tom at St. John Neumann had prepped well ahead of and during the storm and it looked to be an efficient cleanup of snow and ice. (I say ‘efficient’ vs. ‘easy’ because when you are dealing with ice, it is never easy!) As we were celebrating the funeral liturgy at Corpus Christi, I know a contingent from the Men’s Organization at St. John Neumann were attacking the sidewalks over there to prepare them for the afternoon confessions and Mass, too.

This time of year, it cannot be said enough: Thank you to all who help keep our parking lots and sidewalks clear! And also thanks to the many men and women who work in the public sphere plowing and clearing the roads. Their task is not easy and it never seems to come at the ‘right time,’ but they all do so much to keep the rest of us safe.

Related to the weather, please be safe when coming to Mass, for either the weekend liturgies or for Daily Mass. Because I do not have far to go, I will always do my best to get to Mass (especially when it is at Corpus Christi). Because I believe it is important to say the listed Mass intention on the day, I always try. But if it is not safe to travel, please be careful, first and foremost! In my first year or two as a priest, we had a major snowfall (over a foot of snow) just a day or two before Christmas. I still said the 6:30 AM Mass at the parish, but the person scheduled to lector was the only other one to attend, because ‘I was scheduled to read, Father!’

Jesus knows and understands! Be safe, first!

But if the roads have been cleared and if you feel you are able to get out and about safely, then of course, we want you to come to Church, because we miss you when you are not here. But I would much rather not have a parishioner fall and receive an injury!

For the younger families, I hope you were able to get out and enjoy the snow with your children. For those who have seen their ‘play in the snow’ days go past, I hope you were able to enjoy a peaceful night in!

God Bless and stay warm!
Fr. Kyle Schnippel

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