Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Father Seelos Day in Louisiana!

The following comes from the Catholic Connection of Shreveport:

It is not every day that a government leader declares a proclamation for a Louisiana priest. That’s exactly what Govenor Bobby Jindal did in 2008, proclaiming October 5 “Father Seelos Day in Louisiana,” attesting that “Father Seelos worked tirelessly to comfort those afflicted by the New Orleans yellow fever epidemic of 1867, until he himself was struck down by the disease and died on October 4, 1867.” It further notes that the sacred remains of this revered Redemptorist missionary “rest in the national shrine of St. Mary’s Assumption Church.”
Suggestions for celebrating Father Seelos Day:
1. Priests and deacons can discuss Father Seelos’ traits in a homily and how people have sought his intercession. Priests can download the Mass Proper for his Feast day by visiting the website www.seelos.org  or  by viewing the Official Seelos Feast Day Liturgical Texts online athttp://www.seelos.org/seelos_liturgy.html
2. Include a history lesson on how yellow fever attacked the population and what good people did to help the sick and dying.
3. Religious education teachers can make available Father Seelos’ 10 practical steps to holiness (found on the home page of http://www.seelos.org/) orhttp://www.seelos.org/lifeSayings.html, and invite students to draw Father Seelos and explain the picture.
4. Show the movie Seelos, Tireless Intercessor. Make the DVD available in your library.
5. Inform parishioners of the Seelos feast day Mass on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Assumption Church in New Orleans through bulletin inserts and flyers or print from this link: http://www.seelos.org/2010_10_03_Seelos_Mass.pdf.  Visitors from across the country attend this annual event.
6. Encourage families or groups to make a pilgrimage to the National Shrine in New Orleans. Visit the new Seelos “Walk of Life” Interactive Exhibit in the Seelos Welcome Center and Gift Shop that opened a year ago at 919 Josephine Street in New Orleans. To arrange a group tour, contact Joyce Bourgeois at 504-525-2499.
The official Seelos website www.seelos.org offers a wealth of information on his life, beatification, sayings, prayers, etc., including videos and publications.  For questions, call: 504-525-2495 or email: Father Byron Miller, C.Ss.R. bmiller@seelos.org


Angie Ledbetter said...

We need Fr. Seelos's prayers just as much today in Louisiana!

Sandy said...

I am privileged to have a Father Seelos relic and will be asking his intercession today to heal my husband who just learned he has a heart problem. Father, I wish I could be there for the celebration. There is a special connection that I feel with Father Seelos - I was baptized at St. Alphonsus, where he was buried for a time, my parents were married in New Orleans on this feast day; God provides us with gifts that are no coincidence! Please pray for my husband. God bless you!