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Feb 3

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2/3/2019 12:05 AM  RssIcon

This time of year, the weather is, at best, unpredictable. Weekends go from soggy and wet Saturdays to icy and cold Sunday mornings. During the week, one day can be near to fifty for a high temperature, while a few days later the morning low is in single digits. These wild swings make it wonderfully challenging to plan ahead to ensure all our responsibilities are covered.

Certainly, as I start these reflections, the heroic efforts of snow and ice clearing crews has to be recognized! Even with the worst of weather, (say, an unexpected ten inches of snow overnight…) the parking lots and sidewalks around the parish campuses were all cleared and passable. It takes quite a team to pull this off and I am extremely grateful for their work!

It is also important to note that while the parish grounds may be cleared and presentable, the neighborhood and side streets may not yet be there. When that happens and it is not feasible or safe to drive, your obligation to attend Mass is canceled, please be safe! Do not worry if you are the lector, sacristan or Eucharistic Minister; we will get them covered from those who are able to be present. These weekends present us all with the ability to adapt on the fly and make changes even as Mass has started.

Because of the snow and ice, however, the collection does take a hit, even though the snow and ice do cause us to increase expenses to clear it all away! If you are able to contribute electronically, that helps us plan a little more because we know what our income is going to be. If you contribute through the envelope, I would invite you to consider making an extra donation to cover if you missed. We certainly do greatly appreciate it, as we appreciate every dollar and cent that comes in to the parish office.

Finally, a few words about the Catholic Ministries Appeal: As I have mentioned in this column a number of times, we work hard to provide for the needs of our parishioners. But we are also very much aware that the needs of our parishes are met through bigger means as well. The Catholic Ministries Appeal supports many of those other programs that also come back to support the parish, as well. The Seminary provides classes for laity to be better formed in their faith and for our staff to be better teachers of the faith. Campus Ministry efforts help to walk with our young people during college, a time when so many youth fall away from the practice of their faith. The CMA also supports St. Rita School for the Deaf and a few other projects along the way, as well.

One quick side note: I have a family connection to St. Rita’s. My mom had two cousins who were born deaf. St. Rita’s was the only school available to them, so the whole family moved to Cincinnati so the boys could attend St. Rita. My great uncle Norbert Dietz help make St. Rita Fest what it once was: the leading parish festival in Cincinnati. For his efforts, he was laid out at St. Rita’s prior to his funeral a few years back.

Thank you for all the support you give to the parishes: prayers, time, donations and financial. We are living and thriving communities because of what you provide. May the Lord return many blessings to you for your generosity!

In Christ,
Fr. Kyle Schnippel


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