Holy Week & Easter Liturgies
Sean Fetty and his wife, Jacqueline, were married at St. Edward Church two years ago.
'The way God worked in my life was amazing'
Sean Fetty was baptized in the Episcopal Church — "the reason for that, I don't know," he said. "My grandparents took me to the Catholic Church when I was a little boy," he said. But it felt a bit forced to the child. "I couldn't wait to make my own decision."
He is making that decision at the Easter Vigil at the St. Edward Church in Newark, where he will be welcomed into the Catholic Church.
St. Edward is a familiar ground. He and his wife Jackie were married there in June 2012.
"We went to Engagement Encounter," he said. "I liked it."
But it's not what led him to the decision.
"What did it for me was Cursillo," he said. "That's what opened my eyes, really."
"The way God worked in my life was amazing," he said.
"When I got married, Father Jeff (Keyes) asked me, 'when are you going to be ready to become Catholic?'"
"I didn't really know," Fetty said.
Fetty said Father Jeffrey Keyes, CPPS, pastor of St. Edward, didn't know that Fetty was going to Cursillo. The three-day event was at the Holy Redeemer Center in Oakland. "When I was leaving there, he sent me a message: 'Are you ready?'"
"That was the calling for me," Fetty said.
He began faith formation classes at St. Edward. "I'm blessed to have Father Jeff do the classes," Fetty said. "He's very knowledgeable."
"At first it was overwhelming," Fetty said. But Mass every Sunday, class on Wednesday and a prayer group that grew out of Cursillo have helped him along the journey.
Fetty said he has received support from his family. "My family is excited for me," he said, "the change in my life, from where I came from to where I am today."
As for his wife, Fetty said, "She's married to a new man."
His wife's mother, Pattie Fretty, is his sponsor. "My father-in-law and mother-in-law are excited too," he said.
He attended the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, at which each person was called by name and acknowledged by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Fetty found it to be "pretty powerful to be there."
He also found the company of his fellow newcomers to the church heartening. He saw a friend who will be baptized at All Saints Church in Hayward this Easter.
"The last song we sang before we closed," was particularly meaningful, he said.
Fetty especially looks forward to his first reception of the Eucharist. "I've never, ever received it," he said. "I know it's not right."
He goes forward for a blessing at Mass. But that will change at the Easter Vigil.
"It will be a beautiful experience to experience that night," he said.
Full communion with the church will also help him participate more fully in Cursillo, he said.
The soon-to-be new Catholic looks forward to another role in life: godfather. Good friends have asked Sean and Jackie Fetty to be godparents to their daughter.
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