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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/3/2017 12:00 AM
This year is that rare year where the Fourth Sunday of Advent also happens to be Christmas Eve, making this the shortest that Advent can be. It presents us with some unique challenges for the year, as well. We have to fit what normally takes four weeks into essentially three, and it certainly places a crunch on the time available for decorations for Christmas Eve Masses, as well.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM

As we reach this last Sunday of Advent and our preparations for Christmas are Nearly There!, we finally make that original journey with Mary as she goes and visits her kinswoman Elizabeth. Our spiritual journey, that we have been walking throughout Advent, continues as well.

For a short review: there is the silence of heart that is required to be able to hear God’s Voice speaking, inviting. Once we have quieted, we are able to hear God speaking through prophets, Scriptures, encounters. Having had that encounter, there is a deeper call to conversion of heart. Now, here, having had that conversion of heart, there is Mission.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/6/2015 12:00 AM

Every year on the Second Sunday of Advent, we hear of the crowds from Jerusalem, Judea, and the surrounding countryside (even as far as Galilee) going out to meet John the Baptist in the wilderness around the Jordan River. From the way all four Gospels present him, John was quite the imposing figure. Very much in the vein of the Old Testament prophets, even his appearance would cause you to take a step back and ponder the words he was speaking.

Envisioning what these scenes were like, I am struck by Jesus’ later commentary on these events: “What did you go out to see?”

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/21/2014 3:58 PM
As this edition serves for both the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas, on behalf of the staff here at St. John Neumann, I would like to extend a warm and joyous Christmas greeting to all of our parishioners and guests! I cannot truly express the joy and gratitude that I feel in being here at St. John Neumann for the last eight months. After ten years of non-parochial ministry, I finally feel like a spiritual father of a family in serving as pastor here; no longer just that crazy uncle who has to sit out in the garage for Christmas dinner!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/14/2014 2:22 PM

This weekend, the third rose colored candle of the Advent wreath is lit and we ‘rejoice’ that the salvation to be brought about by the coming of Christ is near! Therefore, our penitential practices of Advent should take a bit of a ease for today as we begin to look for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Our preparations are nearly complete, Christ is coming!

As Christ came, all of heaven and earth rejoiced! Our long wait for a savior was over and salvation history was taking a new leap forward. So great is God’s love for us, He desires to restore us to an even greater place than what was lost by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He is bringing us to a heavenly inheritance! We should rejoice that this salvation is near!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/30/2014 3:16 PM

A common motif that the Church upholds is one of pilgrimage, a sense of movement, journeying from one location to another.

In the Old Covenant, Abraham is called from his homeland of Ur to move towards the Promised Land of Canaan. Moses leads the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt back to freedom as they return to the Promised Land. Joshua and the judges conquer the land and ultimately David settles the people in the place God had provided for them. There is this constant journey forward from where we are to where God desires us to be.

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