SEELOS ICON BLESSED IN ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH SAVAGE,U.S.A. PENTECOST SUNDAY 2014 MEDIA REPORTS


SEELOS ICON BLESSED IN ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH SAVAGE,U.S.A. PENTECOST SUNDAY 2014
Exclusive report & photos ©Photos Copyright:Paul Schwartz
The 1100hrs Pentecost  Mass was well attended by members of of St John’s and St Alphonsus (Redemptorist) church.
 Following communion, Br Bruce C.Ss.R.shared the story of Joey’s visit to the National Seelos Shrine in New Orleans and healing.
and presented St John’s church with a 1st class relic on behalf of the Seelos Shrine.
  Following Mass, parishioners lined up to venerate the relic.
 A number of parishioners asked to be blessed by the relic.




SEELOS ICON EXCLUSIVE-6TH JUNE 2014- a copy of the page from the Icon Blessing Program . . .


The icon in place with the Schwartz family and Parish Priest Father Mike Tix looking at it.

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SEELOS ICON UPDATE 1st June 2014



SEELOS ICON UPDATE 15 th April 2014
The Icons for  St John the Baptist Church in Savage, USA are making good progress.Here are the latest photos of the icons of Blessed Seelos & Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.
 
SEELOS ICON UPDATE 5 th April 2014

SEELOS ICON UPDATE 26 th March 2014

Copyright © Nick Markell
The Seelos Icon for St John the Baptist Church,Savage,USA has been begun by artist Nick Markel.Parish Priest,Father Mike Tix said " It's exciting to see the pictures and the work progressing."The icon on St Kateri is also moving forward as can be seen below

Copyright © Nick Markell

 SEELOS ICON PRESENTATION SAVAGE,USA-JAN 2014
Reporter:Paul Schwartz  Photos:Copyright ©Paul Schwartz

This Sunday, we attended an overview of the the Icon creation process at St John’s Church.  It was presented by the artist Nicholas Markell, who has been commissioned by our church,St John the Baptist,Savage,MN,USA.

As part of the presentation, Nick revealed his initial draft sketches of the Icons, St Kateri and Blessed Father Seelos.

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Brother Bruce Davidson C.Ss.R. was in attendance to represent the Redemptorist Community.   Son Joey was unfortunately unable to attend as he had left to return to college that morning.

The sketches were well received by the parishioners who attended the presentation.  Nick told the parish that he is currently on a schedule to complete the Icons this Spring.

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Above is a photo of Melinda and me in front of the presentation as well as a copy of the sketches.  I am also providing a link to a youtube video of the artist and the Icon creation process which is quite fascinating.

The Schwartz family is excited and honored to be part of this project to honor Blessed Father Seelos and thank him for his intercession in the cure of our son Joey.


ST MARY'S ASSUMPTION BELL TOWER APPEAL-SEELOS SHRINE CHURCH

The last church where Blessed Seelos served as a priest was St Mary's Assumption in New Orleans.The National  Seelos Shrine which contains the mortal remains of Blessed Seelos is also located there.More information about the appeal can be found on the church website.

The cross that proudly sat atop it for 150 years was shattered several years ago by lightening and is now gone.


The centre piece of the original cross is now located in Füssen,birthplace of Blessed Seelos (Top right hand corner of photo)

Blessed Seelos New Italian Wiki page

BLESSING OF NEW SEELOS SHRINE IN ST MANG BASILICA FÜSSEN

During the 1800hrs Mass to celebrate the Feast of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos,the new Shrine was blessed.Dean of Marktoberdorf,Parish Priest of Füssen,Father Frank Deuring blessed the new shrine in its location at the back of the basilica.

During his sermon Father Deuring made mention of the life of the Blessed who was born in Füssen and how he always put our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at the centre of his life.The bidding prayers used during the Mass were taken from among the many thousands of pilgrim petitions which are placed at the shrine during the year.After Mass a gospel group called "Voice Net from Reutte school of Music in Austria gave a concert in honour of Füssen's own Blessed.

 

AUSTRALIA'S 24 HOUR CATHOLIC RADIO STATION FEATURES BLESSED SEELOS

Cradio,based in Sydney,Australia has been broadcasting since it was founded in 2010 by  Bishop Julian Porteous.It is the only service of its kind in the nation.On 5th October 2013 the station chose Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos as its "SAINT OF THE DAY".This is a 2.5 minute broadcast about one of the saints which is aired daily.To hear the broadcast about Blessed Seelos please click HERE

Bishop Julian Porteous
Bishop Julian Porteous

SEELOS HEALING MASS IN NEW ORLEANS

The Seelos Healing Mass is celebrated 3 times a year at St Mary's Assumption Church in New Orleans,where the National Shrine Of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos can be found.On 6th October at 1300hrs the Archbishop of New Orleans,Gregory Aymond was principle celebrant.Initial reports from Father Byron Miller,Executive Director of the National Seelos Shrine told us,"Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans did a fine job at the Seelos Mass and the crowd was quite pleased!  

 

FÜSSEN SEELOS SHRINE MOVING TO ANOTHER PART OF ST MANG BASILICA

 

The old site and new site of the Seelos Shrine in St Mang Basilica Füssen,Germany

Anyone who has visited the Basilica of St Mang in Füssen,Germany will know that as you enter the church from the porch,on your right hand side you immediately see the Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.

As we reported 3 years ago the Shrine is going to be moved.At first it was going to be given a prominent position beneath the choir loft.However it has now been decided to move it to beside the door leading to the organ loft and next to the Altar of St Michael directly opposite the rear porch entrance.

The original Shrine was only meant to be temporary when it was erected by the then Parish Priest,Monsignor Karlheinz Knebel.It will be moved during the Seelos Feast day Mass here in the Basilica at 1800hrs Saturday 5th October 2013.

Some of the reasons given for the move include the fact that when Mass is in progress people come into the Basilica and distract those attending Mass despite the fact that one of the Altar Servers is always designated to close the front door and lock it at the beginning of Mass!

Where the Seelos Shrine origionally stood and where it stands now

The Full report in German can be found below




ST MARY'S ASSUMPTION NEW ORLEANS BELL TOWER RESTORATION

Many years after the bell tower and cross was struck by lightning the Parish in New Orleans is finally trying to raise the money to repair it.


Top right hand side of this photo shows the original photo of the cross with an x marked in the centre.The wooden Cross above the photo is from the centre of the cross which stood above the church in New Orleans
The Parish have raised over the half the $970,000 needed for the repairs.You can make a donation by credit card (Just press “Donate Now”  on this webpage) or you can send a check to St. Alphonsus Parish/St. Mary’s Assumption Church “Save the Tower Restoration Fund” 2030 Constance Street New Orleans, LA 70130.USA. For a full report check out this page 

SEELOS PROJECT IN ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,SAVAGE,MINNESOTA

Reporter in Savage- Paul Schwartz

 Our priest at John The Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, MN, Fr Mike Tix, recently announced an effort to celebrate and educate the parish on the topic of the Communion of Saints.  As part of the project, we will be commissioning the creation of a 5 foot tall icon of Blessed Father Seelos which will adorn the right of our alter.  World renown iconographer, Nicholas Markell, has been selected to create this sacred work of art. It is anticipated that this project will take 6 months to complete, and will include a communication plan involving the print and TV media.A link to an article /video just published by the University of St Thomas on work they recently commissioned as well as the process of writing an icon.

How the News was broken by Father Mike Tix,Parish Priest in the Church Buletin for 15th September 2013
The Schwartz family is honored to be part of this project and spread the story and gift of Blessed Father Seelos.