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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.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/9/2017 12:00 AM

Dictionary.com defines the word ‘holy’ in 8 ways:

1)    Specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated.

2)    Dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion.

3)    Saintly, godly, pious, devout.

4)    Having a spiritually pure quality.

5)    Entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred.

6)    Religious.

7)    Inspiriting fear, awe, or grave distress.

8)    A place of worship; sacred place; sanctuary.

As we enter into the mysteries that we celebrate during this week that is called ‘Holy,’ we can see by these various definitions this week is called to be set apart from all other weeks of the year, in particular for service to God and to allow us to enter into a deeper worship and veneration of the living God.






By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 4/2/2017 12:05 AM
As we gather for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, the tone and tenor of the Church’s liturgical life takes a change. In the past, this was the weekend where statues in church buildings would be covered through until the Easter Vigil, the musical selections are more somber, and the readings start to take a much more direct look towards the upcoming Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/26/2017 12:00 AM
As you have noticed, during the Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent, we have a series of long readings from St. John’s account of the Holy Gospel, as we accompany the Elect and Candidates for Full Communion on their journey towards Baptism and Reception into the Church at the Easter Vigil. The readings have central themes of Water, Light, and Life, respectively, each week.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/19/2017 12:00 AM
March 19 is the day we traditional celebrate St. Joseph in the liturgical calendar. This year, because he falls on a Sunday, he gets moved to tomorrow, March 20, since Sundays of Lent have a priority on the liturgical calendar. Typically, if a saint’s feast day falls on a Sunday, that saint just gets elided over for the year. But St. Joseph, because of his importance in the Church, gets to have his feast transferred. (It is a perk of being patron of the universal Church!)

But as important as St. Joseph is in the life of the Church, we know so very little about him. We do not have a date of birth. We do not have a date of death. There are no quotes directly attributed to him. We have no idea where he is buried. We have no other details about his live other than the few scant aspects that are in the Infancy Narrative in Matthew’s account of the Gospel.

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