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Apr 30

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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!

Also, congratulations to our neophytes who were baptized and received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. So often, I get the best seat in the house as I get to see their faces as they receive the Sacraments for the first time. Their joy and love for Jesus is so wonderfully expressed in their faces, it is a time to feel the joy of spiritual fatherhood in a very unique and powerful way.

This weekend, we move on to further celebrations of the Sacraments of Initiation as we welcome First Communion Candidates to the Altar of God for the first time. (At St. John Neumann this weekend and Corpus Christi next weekend.) Again, the love and expectation that these young people have as they come forward to receive Jesus for the first time is palpable and infectious. Again, many thanks in advance to all those who help to prepare them for this special day in their lives.

Also this week, our Confirmation Candidates receive their Sacrament, this Thursday evening at the Cathedral. The final step in a Catholic’s journey to adulthood in the faith, this ‘sealing with the Spirit’ strengthens the one who is to receive the Sacrament to be a soldier for Christ and to be one who is ready to testify to his or her belief in the power of Jesus Christ.

Outside of the parish responsibilities, but no less important, Saturday the 29th of April is the ordination of four men to the transitional diaconate for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and the 20th of May is the ordination of three men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese, one of whom is from my home town.

In short, there are many, many things to pray for over the coming weeks! May the grace of the Sacraments live out in each one of us as we continue to strive to fully live out our own vocations to holiness in Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord!

In the Same Risen Savior,
Fr. Kyle Schnippel

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