“The spiritual children which the Lord gives each priest, the children he has baptized, the families he has blessed and helped on their way, the sick he has comforted, the young people he catechizes and helps to grow, the poor he assists… all these are the 'Bride' whom he rejoices to treat as his supreme and only love and to whom he is constantly faithful. It is the living Church, with a first name and a last name, which the priest shepherds in his parish or in the mission entrusted to him.”
Pope Francis
Chrism Mass, April 2014
WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ

His Priests

Our priests are first and foremost, priests of Jesus Christ, signed with a special character at ordination so they can preach and offer the sacraments to the parishioners of Mother Seton in his name.

Pastor: Fr. Lee Fangmeyer

Parochial Vicars: Rev. Louis Faust and Rev. Santiago Martin


Dear Friends in Christ,

Isn't it true that sometimes just by looking at someone we can tell they are in love? It may be the glow of their face or the way they act, but it is something we can see.

Deus Caritas Est. God is love. The Eucharist is the sacrament of love. Today we celebrate the beautiful feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. In the Eucharist, we are drawn into the very depths of the love of God. We become one with him; we are drawn intimately into the fire of his love. It is not we who consume him but rather we who are consumed, taken up into the very heart of God.

Pope Benedict XVI says in the encyclical Sacramentum Caritatis, “In the Eucharist Jesus does not give us a ‘thing,’ but himself; he offers his own body and pours out his own blood. He thus gives us the totality of his life and reveals the ultimate origin of this love.” After feeding the thousands in the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish Jesus says; ”I am the living bread come down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (Jn 6:51).

When a man is in love with a woman, he wants to bring her beautiful things. He thinks about her all the time. He rearranges his schedule and makes time for her. When a woman falls in love with a man she wants to be beautiful for him, she dresses thinking of him. She fixes her hair for him, wears a certain perfume, and does things for him. Maybe after 25 years of marriage things change a bit but it is nice when couples so familiar with each other continue to show love in small but significant ways. It is never enough just to say “I love you”. Actions speak louder than words, no?

If the Eucharist is the embrace of our Beloved should we not also be conscious of what we do in his presence? Should we not think about him as we drive here or prepare for Mass? Are we neglectful of him some weekends? Will we skip Mass on vacation? If we are in love then we think of him, dress for him, clean ourselves up for him physically and spiritually (i.e. not dressing as if we are going to the pool and going to confession regularly and prayerfully). We approach Him with reverence (bowing before receiving the Eucharist, genuflecting upon entering and leaving his presence in the tabernacle). We speak and sing to Him with meaning. We show love to others out of love for Jesus. These gestures may seem at times insignificant but it is the small things we do for our loved ones that speak volumes. May others be able to see the evidence in us of our love for Him.

-Fr. Lee

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Prayer for priests

O holy Mother of God, pray for the priests your Son has chosen to serve the Church. Help them, by your intercession, to be holy, zealous and chaste. Make them models of virtue in the service of God's people. Help them be pious in meditation, efficacious in preaching and zealous in the daily offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Help them administer the Sacraments with joy. Amen.

-St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)


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