Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos’ Parish first Mass to be celebrated at Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort
By ROB HERBST
The Catholic Week
The first Mass for Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Parish will be at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 22 at Prodisee Pantry (9315 Spanish Fort Blvd.).
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi announced in May the establishment of the new parish in Baldwin County. Fr. James Cink became pastor of the parish June 30.
Fr. Cink was previously pastor at St. Dominic Parish in Mobile.
“I am truly excited to have been assigned the task of building a Catholic parish for the glory of God in Spanish Fort,” Fr. Cink said. “Great things have already begun as generous Catholic faithful have joined hands with me to make this parish a reality. While our beginnings will be humble I have no doubt that Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos will have a great impact on the region for generations to come.”
It is the first parish established from the ground-up in the Archdiocese of Mobile in more than 40 years. The archdiocese has donated about 26 acres of land off Highway 31 for an eventual church building and parish facilities.
The land sits just north of Interstate 10 and two miles east of the Highway 181/Highway 31 intersection.
For now, Spanish Fort-based Prodisee Pantry — a nonprofit ministry which provides emergency food and disaster relief — will serve as the temporary home for Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Parish Masses.
According to Fr. Cink, there is seating capacity for 400 people, with parking spaces for 200.
Fr. Cink added that a 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass will be added to the calendar sometime after the start of the school year.
— For more information, visit francisxseelos.org or Facebook.com/francisxseelos.