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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/30/2018 12:00 AM

In many ways, this is the easiest bulletin column to write every year. It can be as simple as expounding on the theme of: Jesus was born into a family, make your family like the Holy Family!

But it never seems quite that simple, does it? After all, every human relationship is impacted by the entrance of sin into the world and we do not have Jesus at the physical center of our life as a constant reminder to ‘do whatever He tells you’ to do!

And even further along, when you start to look at the hidden cracks deeper in the family history of Jesus, you start to realize that His family tree, at least, is just as messed up as ours! There are skeletons hiding in His closet, too! What are they? Who are they?

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
As we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King this weekend, I always think this is a difficult feast for us in the United States to celebrate; after all, the foundations of our country involved throwing off the tyranny of a far off king to establish a democracy unlike anything else seen in the world at the time. Yet, we still celebrate and honor Jesus as our King, not only of our hearts and minds, but also of the entire universe all as well.
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Over the weekend of May 26 and 27, I read in dismay as I saw that Ireland had repealed article 8 of their constitution that limited abortion to only cases of when the mother’s life was at risk.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 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 5/7/2017 12:00 AM
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is commonly known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday,’ as every year a passage from the ‘Good Shepherd’ discourse is read from the tenth chapter of John’s account of the Gospel. Appropriately, it is a time that many parishes celebrate First Communions, it is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood. These celebrations are linked in such an intimate and powerful way: our young people come to the Altar of God for the first time, so that they may be nourished in their journey to find where God is leading them into the perfect joy He has outlined for them.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 1/22/2017 12:15 AM
From January 9 to the 12th, I had the opportunity to attend the Truth and Love Conference in Phoenix, Arizona (and I have to admit, of all the times to attend a conference, mid-January is about the top of that list, behind perhaps only late February so you could catch a spring training game or three!) Sponsored by Courage, International, Our Sunday Visitor and the Diocese of Phoenix; the conference was for pastoral ministers, priests, and mental health professionals who work in the Church’s ministry and support to those who experience Same Sex Attraction and/or types of gender dysphoria.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 7/10/2016 12:00 AM
As a priest, one of the joys of the summer months are the variety of saints that we encounter through the weekly calendar. For instance, this coming week, we celebrate St. Benedict of Nursia (July 11), St. Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14), and St. Bonaventure (July 15). It is such a lovely and varied group of three saints, who can all teach us something about life in the Church today.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 1/26/2016 2:51 PM

The end of January always has a rather somber tone for me. Hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters are marching in Washington, DC, over these days (and over the last few years, many other cities have joined suit, too!) to witness to the great beauty of the gift of life and in prayer for an end to legalized abortion in our country. As we gather this weekend, we join them in prayer and solidarity as well.

As one who was born during the ‘Abortion Age,’ one of the things I have realized is that a quarter of my generation and younger has been eliminated by the scourge of abortion in our land. I think of how many of my brothers and sisters were never given a chance to take a breath, to fulfill the plan that God had for them, to contribute to society, to love those they met; and I am deeply grieved at their loss.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, February 17, 2013
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