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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/18/2017 12:00 AM
The summer has officially hit, I think. A week of 90 degree temperatures seems to be the best indication of that, I suppose! As with so many things, there is a routine and rhythm of the summer months that stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For the two parishes, we both had an evening at Stricker’s Grove to enjoy fellowship and another great year. Schools have been closed down for the summer and vacations are planned, etc.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/11/2017 12:00 AM
This is one of the hardest weekends to write about and to preach about. There are many things that can be said of the Holy Trinity, yet nearly all of them have some aspect of ‘not quite right’ about them, too! Among priests, we often joke that this weekend should be called ‘Heresy Sunday,’ because it is the weekend that the most heresies (false teachings) are delivered from the pulpit than any other weekend of the year.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/4/2017 12:10 AM
Throughout the Easter Season, we read from the Acts of the Apostles at both Daily Mass and during our Sunday Liturgies. The fifth book of the New Testament, the Acts of the Apostles sees the growth of the Church from Jesus Ascension to St. Paul’s arrival into Rome and the preparation for his trial before Caesar. It is a remarkable book and a wonderful insight into the first growth of the Christian community.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/28/2017 12:00 AM
This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer holiday season. Yet, it is good to keep in mind that there is much more that we celebrate on this day, as well. First known as Decoration Day, the holiday that became known as Memorial Day started in response to the so many Americans being killed during the US Civil War. On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan called for a national day of remembrance to be held on the 30th of May that same year, for the purpose of ‘strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.’
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/21/2017 5:28 PM

I imagine that when married couples attend a wedding together, they remember their own wedding day and what made it unique. Perhaps, they also think through how they have grown as a couple since that day, as well. I know it certainly happens for me as a priest!

This weekend, three men for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have been ordained to the priesthood, one of whom is from my hometown and has asked me to vest him at ordination, which is a great honor! It brings to mind many happy memories from the weekend I was ordained and also many happy memories of my time in the priesthood.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 5/14/2017 12:00 AM
Throughout the month of May, we celebrate so many things that acknowledge and celebrate that unique and special role that is played by mothers in our Church and society. One of two traditional months where we celebrate Mary, we hold her up for all the beauty and mystique that is included in her role as the Mother of God and hence Mother of the Church. Towards the end of the month of May, we typically celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the birth of the Church, whom we venerate as mother and guardian of her members. And of course, today we celebrate Mother’s Day in the secular world, which we have adopted to be a part of our liturgical celebration as well.
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 4/30/2017 12:00 AM
As I write this, this is the first chance I have to write to thank all those who helped make the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter such a glorious and wonderful event at both parishes. From all the decorating that gets done, to the rehearsals, to the music (and all the planning and rehearsal as well!), to the RCIA teams who prepare our candidates, to lectors and servers and (etc. etc. etc!) The celebrations that we had were wonderful tributes to Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection that we celebrate over those days. Also, a special thanks to all those who dedicate extra time that week to attend the liturgies and pray with us. They are the key moments of our salvation and it was a joy to celebrate these high holy days with you all!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/23/2017 12:00 AM
This past December, we concluded the ‘Year for Mercy’ in the Church. Pope Francis called this year to focus on the mercy of God, the generous Father, who always calls us to Himself and never ceases to seek each one of us out and welcome us home. It was an interesting year to look at all those images of mercy that come to us from the Scriptures, from the history of the Church and in the prayers that are presented for our reflections.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/16/2017 12:00 AM
In certain circles in the world today, it is vogue to offer various denials of the fact of Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead. The arguments range in scale from the Apostles stealing the body, to some elaborate hoax to questions as to whether Jesus was actually dead in the first place or not. In many ways, these objections are not new; after all, we see some of them raised in the Gospels themselves! Yet the ‘New Atheism’ that is growing in popularity today has returned to these ancient heresies in a search to discredit the Christian community of today. Yet, turning back to the Gospels, we can discern how to respond to the charges leveled in such a way.

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