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SEELOS SHRINE FÜSSEN UPDATE

St Mang Basilica is open, please keep at least 1.5 metres away from others who wish to pray.

YOU MUST WEAR A FFP2 FACE MASK IN THE BASILIKA AT ALL TIMES.

Mass is celebrated on Monday at 0830hrs & Friday evening at 1830hrs (Krippkirche).

Sunday Mass is celebrated at 1800hrs Saturday (1st Mass of Sunday) and Sunday at 1030hrs.

Holy Communion can only be received in the hand in Germany! 

Persons who are in possession a a doctor`s certificate excusing them from wearing  a mask ARE NOT TO ATTEND PUBLIC SERVICES until further notice

 

 


 

SEELOS BIRTHDAY REMEMBERED IN FÜSSEN & NEW  ORLEANS(11 JAN 2021)

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos was remembered in Füssen,the town of his birth, at the 0830hrs Mass Monday 11th January 2021.

Father Raphael OFM told the assembled congregation that today was the 202nd birthday of Blessed Seelos.

 Also in Füssen the new curate Father Joshi will be moving into the former home of the Seelos family which they lived in when Francis Xavier`s father became the sacristan of St Mang.

Meanwhile in New Orleans Father Richard Boever, Director of the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos sent out the following email

To honor the birth of Francis Xavier Seelos, we are excited to announce our “birthday gift” giving campaign!
 
When you make an offering of one of the levels below, in addition to continuing the vital mission of Blessed Seelos, you will receive small tokens of our appreciation and heartfelt thanks from everyone at the Shrine.
 
"Due to the virus, we have had to cancel three Seelos Masses and our flow of pilgrims has diminished. This has greatly affected our donations. Throughout January, we are asking for offerings in the form of “birthday gifts” in appreciation of Blessed Seelos, to continue his cause of canonization, and to offer a place of peace and quiet at the Shrine. May this add up to a happy birthday for our Blessed!"
 
– Fr. Rich Boever, Shrine Director
 
Two candles will be lit and prayers will be said for your intentions at the Shrine, you will be enrolled in the annual Seelos Mass League, and a Seelos rosary and lapel pin will be sent to you.
 

 


 

GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW CHURCH TO SERVE SEELOS PARISH IN SPANISH FORT,ALABAMA (11 JAN 2021)

WKRG TV  MOBILE ALABAMA  covers the groundbreaking ceremony for Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Parish in Spanish Fort ,Alabama

 

 

SEELOS PARISH IN SPANISH FORT TO CONSECRATE THE GROUND FOR CHURCH ON 10th JANUARY 2021 (27 DEC 2020)

©Parish Logo of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos,Spanish Fort,Alabama

The Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Parish in Spanish Fort, Alabama will finally consecrate the ground where the Church is to be built. It will consecrated 10th January 2021.The locals have a special name for this ceremony,it`s called "groundbreaking"! Until now the Parish have used a local charity building serving the poor, "Prodisee Pantry" to celebrate their Sunday Masses.

The Parish was instigated by Archbishop of Mobile, Alabama, USA, Thomas J.Rodi on 18th May 2018.He appointed Father James Cink as the Parish Priest from 30th June 2018. 

The Archdiocese donated 105218 square metres of land for the Church itself and associated buildings. It location in Spanish Fort, 2 miles east of the Highway 181 and Highway 31 intersection on Highway 31, will enable it to serve the growing catholic population of the Malbis area of Baldwin County.It was the first time in 40 years that a new Parish had been started from scratch in the Mobile Archdiocese. The Parish is the 3rd in the United States to be named after Blessed Seelos,the other being located at 3037 Dauphine St,New Orleans, Louisiana & 360 Lameuse St, Biloxi.

Video from WKRG TV showing the ground the new Parish will be built on

 


 

SEELOS FAMILY GRAVE SHOWN ON KATHOLISCH 1 TV(27 N0v 2020)

The local Catholic TV Station for Augsburg Diocese Katholisch 1 TV recently visited Füssen. They interviewed Deacon Friedl Hofmann who is an expert on Füssen and the life of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. He was asked to give a talk about the St Sebastian Catholic Cemetery here in Füssen. The video below is in German but if you go to 3 minutes 42 seconds on the video you will see where his face lights up as he shows the Seelos family grave which also bears a plaque commemorating the life of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.

 

 


 

SEELOS IN FÜSSEN RELAUNCHED (25 Nov 2020)

Seelos in Füssen has been completely revamped and launched in its new form the day before Thanksgiving in the United States of America. We would like to thank our American friends in New Orleans for all the help they have given to enable us to share the life of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos with more people throughout  the world.

Especial thanks go to Father Richard Boever,C.Ss.R. Director of the Blessed Seelos Welcome Center,New Orleans for the help and advice he has given us. We would also like to thank  Ian Mundi and all his staff at STUDIO MUNDI for all the work they did to relaunch the website. We are grateful to them all and wish them all a Happy Thanksgiving 2020.

 


 

SEELOS IN FÜSSEN NEW DOMAIN PUT ON HOLD (26 Oct 2020)

We hoped that "Seelos In Füssen" would finally have its own website. Unfortunately due to technical problems, it has been put on hold. It was hoped that having a German domain would attract more Germans to visit our site and learn about Blessed Seelos, their own countryman. It would also have enabled us to devote eucharisticrenewal.org to the life of UK priest, Father Bryan Storey R.I.P., and his work with translating the "Meditations on the Eucharist" series of books by Polish priest Father Tadeusz Dajczer, founder of the "Families of Nazareth" movement. We hope to move forward with this project in 2021.

 


 

THE PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC CARRIES STORY OF 13 YEAR OLD WHO WAS PARALYZED DUE TO TRAMPOLINING ACCIDENT (10 Oct 2020)

The Pittsburgh Catholic is the oldest Catholic newspaper in continuous circulation in the United States. It is the official source of news for the Pittsburgh Diocese. It is now only online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 9th October they published a news item by Jennifer Anktowiak about a 13 year old girl who injured herself playing on a trampoline. The girl, called Mary, attends classes online at her school, Blessed Seelos Academy, Wexford, Pennsylvania. For the full story watch the video below and read the story.

 

 


 

CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS 2020

SEELOS MASS 5 OCTOBER 2020 ST. MANG BASILICA, FÜSSEN, GERMANY

Holy Mass was celebrated by Father Raphael Kaltennecker OFM at 0830hrs on Monday 5th October 2020 in honour of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. The Feast of Blessed Seelos is celebrated in his hometown of Füssen, but not in any other parish in the Diocese of Augsburg. It is also celebrated in the Redemptorist houses based in Germany and Austria, making up the Province of St. Clement.

Even though there were COVID-19 restrictions, the Woman's Guild were present for their monthly Mass which coincided with Seelos Mass. "Father Seelos was a great example to his hometown and Füssen should be honoured to count him among their citizens," Father Raphael told the congregation during his short homily. Mass was followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The organist for the Mass was Albert Fry.

 

ST. PETER & ST. PAUL SHRINE, CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND, U.S.A.

VIRTUAL HEALING MASS & SEELOS FEAST DAY CELEBRATION 1830hrs 5th October 2020

Celebrant: Fr. Greg Chervenak OFM Cap., Organist: Mark Steiner, Video: John A. Bone Photography production

Fr. Seelos served at SS Peter & Paul from 1857 to 1862.

 

ST. MARY´S ASSUMPTION, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, U.S.A.

VIRTUAL HEALING MASS & SEELOS FEAST DAY CELEBRATION 1300HRS 4 OCTOBER 2020

 


 

BLESSED SEELOS IN THE MEDIA

 

On this link Father Charlie Wehrley C.Ss.R., Communications Director of the Redemptorist Conference of North America, tells us more about Blessed Seelos.

 

The video below by Brother Barry Lujan C.Ss.R. gives a glimpse into the life of Blessed Seelos (Video curtesy of Common Home TV): 

 

Christian Catholic Media (12th October 2020)

Saint of the Day-Positive Living (12th October 2020)

Franciscan Media  Saint of the Day (12th October 2020)

National Catholic Register article (5th October 2020)

Redemptorists International Scala News (4th October 2020)

EWTN GB (6th October 2020)

Aleteia (5th October 2020)

 


 

SAVE THE SHRINE OF STS. PETER & PAUL, CUMBERLAND (7 SEPT 2020)

When their church was threatened with closure, some parishioners of St. Peter & St. Paul Church in Cumberland, Maryland, U.S.A. decided to do something about it. They set about saving their church for future generations – the newly launched website is part of those plans. The Church was founded by St. John Neumann, and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos also served there. The new website can be found here.

 


 

MONSIGNOR ARTHUR W. BASTRESS, PROMOTER OF BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS DIES AGED 93 (30 JUNE 2020)

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Arthur Milton Bastress and his wife, Francis Elizabeth Sellman. He went to St. Bernardine School and in 1944 graduated from Loyola High School. He was ordained a priest in 1951. After many different postings at the age of 71 he was made pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Church and Shrine in 1998. It is now the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori.Monsignor retired from the post in 2017.

Mosignor with the Pilgrimage Group in St Mang Basilika in front of the Seelos Shrine

Monsignor Bastress in 2011 on pilgrimage to St Mang Basilica Füssen, standing with pilgrims at the Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

The church is associated with St. John Neumann and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. In 2011 he visited Füssen on pilgrimage and celebrated Mass in the Basilica. Monsignor Bastress's funeral Mass was celebrated Monday 20th July in the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore.

 


 

The National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R., New Orleans

Open Monday to Saturday 1000-1400hrs

Please follow COVID-19 guidelines when visiting. They can be found on the seelos.org homepage.

A special Seelos Mass is celebrated every Thursday at 1130hrs in St Mary's Assumption Church, New Orleans.