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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 12/10/2017 12:00 AM

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to join with the many volunteers who make the Thanksgiving Day Meal Drive at the Pastoral Area Food Pantry a wonderful success. While I probably caused more harm than actual help, it was great fun to join these volunteers in ministering to our neighbors in need. And I drove home with a full and happy heart, ready to celebrate the joy of the upcoming Christmas Season.

But as I drove away, my brain started kicking in to gear once again. I realized how lucky I am to be born into the family that I have and into the situation that I was raised in. While no family is ‘normal,’ my own situation was about as close to it as one could get. And so many of the families who came to receive the gift of a meal for Thanksgiving most likely longed for that normalcy.

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 11/26/2017 12:00 AM
Throughout the month of November, the Church holds up the Four Last Things for our reflection. We start the month with the two great feasts of All Saint’s Day and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (commonly called All Soul’s Day). This weekend, we end the month, so to speak, with the Feast of Our Lord Christ the King; celebrating and acknowledging that Jesus is the ruler and king of all the known universe, which is not a bad title to put on a business card!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/19/2017 12:00 AM
This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, which begins the annual rush towards Christmas. But first, we take time with family and friends to think back over the year and recognize the blessings that God has given to us throughout the past twelve months. And when we start to look for those blessings, we can see them all around.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/12/2017 12:00 AM

November 11 is a particular day for many due to significant historical events happening on this day, in particular 1918 when World War I officially came to a close. Commemorated with a holiday the following year, Armistice Day (which became Veteran’s Day in 1954) continues to honor those who served time with the United States Armed Forces, both living and dead.

There is a Catholic connection, of course, as November 11 is also the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, who is the patron saint of soldiers and those in the military, because he himself was a soldier in the Roman Army prior to his conversion to the Catholic faith and his election as Bishop of Tours, France, in the 300s.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 11/5/2017 12:00 AM

As I write this, I just came back to the office at Corpus Christi after Mass with the fifth grade students at St. John the Baptist School. I have to admit celebrating Mass at the school with children from both parishes and from St. John the Baptist is a particular highlight of my week; when it is Mass with just one class, the fun just gets increased, too!

As pastor of Corpus Christi and St. John Neumann, I am very proud of the involvement of parishioners in the administration and running of the school at St. John the Baptist. Since the realignment in 2008, parishioners from both parishes have served on the School Board, frequently in that period, parishioners from either Corpus Christi or St. John Neumann have served as president and vice-president of the board. (Currently, Angela Dengel from St. John Neumann serves in this capacity, and she inherited the reigns from Steve Williams of Corpus Christi.)

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/29/2017 12:00 AM
This week, we celebrate two of the most important feast days for the Church and for us as disciples of Christ: The Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (commonly called All Souls’ Day.) These two great feast days celebrate where we hope to go once we complete our journey on earth, but they also unite the three great ‘levels’ of the Church in one great hymn of praise before God the Father.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/22/2017 12:00 AM
This October is full of important anniversaries in the Church. On October 13, we celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the ‘Miracle of the Sun’ that happened at Fatima, Portugal, as Mary promised to the three peasant children. It was a great sign of Mary’s favor and promise and a wonderful reminder that despite the growing threat of war in Europe at the time, God was still clearly in charge. The request to consecrate Russia to Mary and to pray for the conversion of Europe is still bearing good fruit throughout the world. (As a side note, I think of the fall of Communism without entering into a third world war, and can only think of the power of prayer at work.)
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/15/2017 12:00 AM

On the evening of October 5, I gave a presentation to the parents of children in the preparation for First Reconciliation on the perils of pornography. At the start of the talk, I wanted to make sure that I was clear as to why I was leading this talk, as it is such a sensitive topic.

To be clear, this talk was not in response to a particular incident or event.

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to attend a four-day intensive training seminar sponsored by Integrity Restored. This seminar was focused on the widespread impact that pornography has had (and is continuing to have!) in our society; and it was very eye opening for me to attend. At the end of that conference, I resolved to bring that information back to the two parishes in order to be pro-active in responding to this crisis.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 10/8/2017 12:00 AM

Unfortunately, all too often moments of great need also provide opportunities for those with ‘less than pure’ motives to take advantage of others. It can seem so simple, an email hits your inbox with an easy link, ‘click here to donate!’ button… Or someone you know sends an email out of the blue about needing some financial help because of something off the wall happened. And all of a sudden strange information starts to be requested…

Simple advice comes into play here: if it seems odd, it likely IS odd; pay attention to your gut feeling. And it is always a good idea to verify requests for money via a second source or an alternate means of communication, say a text of phone call, for example.

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