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,
As we celebrate the essential fact of our faith, the Resurrection of Jesus, it is incumbent to ourselves to ask the question: why does this matter? The fact of a man rising from the dead should garner at least a passing curiosity. It is not a spectacle or trick such as one of those entertaining “magicians” do on TV. It is evidence that a seismic shift has happened in all of reality, hence to my own daily life. The following is a bit dense but it is an excerpt of an upcoming book by Fr. Julian Carron called Disarming Beauty. It addresses how and why Christianity is the answer to what we desire and are made for (called the religious sense). Especially for all those who come once a year or feel a bit removed from the practice of the faith or the reason for faith (this can be those who come each week) I offer these few thoughts to open up your hearts to the ever fascinating and wonderful announcement of Christ. Reinhart Niebuhr is quoted as saying “there is nothing so useless as an answer to a question that has not been asked.” Jesus is the answer but what is the question and do I have it? Only a Christianity that preserves its original nature, its unmistakable traits of contemporary historical presence—the contemporaneousness of Christ—can be equal to the real need of men and women, and will therefore be able to save the religious sense.... The change generated by the relationship with Christ present is such that Saint Paul did not hesitate to exclaim, “Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” The new creature is the person in whom the religious sense is realized in its (otherwise impossible) fullness: reason, freedom, affection, and desire. “Christ is so beautiful that he draws me totally!” exclaimed Jacopone da Todi. This beauty, as the splendor of truth, is the only thing able to reawaken people’s desire and move their affection so powerfully as to make the openness of their reason to the reality before them continually possible...The attraction of Christ facilitates an openness that would be impossible without him (it doesn’t bring it about automatically). Christ’s contemporaneous presence allows reason to be used in all its openness, enabling it to reach an intelligence of reality unknown before. Every thing, every circumstance, even the most banal, is exalted, becomes a sign, “speaks,” becomes interesting to experience. The person awakened and sustained by the presence of Christ can finally live as a religious person, can endure the vertigo of life, circumstance after circumstance, because he or she is able to “enter any situation whatsoever with profound tranquility, with the possibility of joy.” Thus, Christ’s contemporaneousness is indispensable for fully living the religious sense, that is to say, for having the right attitude before reality. If, on the contrary, Christ is not encountered and lived with as contemporary, the consequences are not long in coming...‘faith’ would generically be nothing more than an aspect of religious experience, a kind of feeling with which he could live out the restless search for his origin and his destiny, which is precisely the most appealing element of every ‘religion. “While religiosity is born of the need for meaning awakened by the impact with reality, faith is the acknowledgment of an exceptional Presence that corresponds totally to our destiny, and adherence to this Presence. Faith is acknowledging as true what a historical Presence says of itself.” Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!