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Celebration of Anniversaries!

Sep 16

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This weekend, we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Corpus Christi Parish! Anniversaries such as this, especially when they are significant anniversaries, are always something to celebrate because they acknowledge and celebrate the good work that God continues to do in our midst through the life and ministry of this parish.

Much as we did when we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of St. John Neumann in January, we celebrate this weekend with a dinner! And it strikes me that so many things we do in the Church are surrounded with this concept of food and how food adds to the celebration.

Even when you look at the life and ministry of Jesus in the Gospels, how many times did he do something in the context of a meal? It seems as if it is every other page! His first miracle, turning water to wine at the wedding in Cana, was at a meal. He so often invited tax collectors and sinners to meals; eating dinner at Matthew’s house after He called him from his post as a tax collector, or eating at Zacchaeus’ house after calling him down from the sycamore tree in Jericho. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus constantly spends time eating and enjoying the company of the Twelve and others who are walking along with Him in His journey.

Let us also not forget, the most important event in all of history, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, began with a meal! And that we enter into the very heart of this mystery in a meal that has been ritualized in order to make Jesus really and truly present in our midst!

For me, cooking and providing a meal is such a wonderful act of love for the person or persons invited. It is a joy to spend time in the kitchen and create the wonderful smells that come with assembling a meal; in addition to the sights that please the eye, and the tastes that enlighten the palette. All of that activity can be a display of kindness and joy for the other, and even can be an entrance into the life and ministry of Jesus, who so often shared a meal with others.

Yes, there are many difficulties and problems that we face: in our church, in our society, in our families and among our friends; yet we also have many, many things to celebrate, too. It is good to acknowledge the blessings God has bestowed upon us and to share those blessings with all we meet.

It is an honor to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Corpus Christi; and I look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries in these two wonderful parishes!

God Bless,
Fr. Kyle Schnippel


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