Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality at Spring Hill College to be offered this June.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality at Spring Hill College to be offered this June
Established in 1993, our annual institute offers a unique blend of academic challenge and spiritual enrichment, specifically designed for adults seeking to deepen their faith, exploring the vast traditions of Christian spirituality and, if you choose, for pursuing one of our certificate or degree programs. The curriculum is made up of a series of one-credit courses offered in one-week or intensive weekend sessions, studying a variety of spiritual masters and mystics, along with biblical, liturgical and social themes. Taught in the Jesuit tradition of excellence, courses may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit or on an easy listening basis (no required assignments, no grade, no transcript record kept). While rooted in Catholic theology, the program is fully ecumenical and welcomes persons of all faiths.
Courses will be available in Mobile from June 3-7 and June 10-14. In Atlanta, courses will be offered from June 14-16 and June 21-23.
Course topics this year include: Unity and Jesus Forsaken: Theology of Chiara Lubich and the "Work of Mary" (Focolare Movement); Joseph and His Brothers: Resentment and Reconciliation; Spiritual Discernment in Time of Crisis: Thomas Merton in the 1960s; and Spirituality of Inter-Religious Dialogue.
Visit for course and registration information. The Summer Institute's contact person is Dr. Timothy Carmody, director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Minsitry. He can be contacted or 251-380-4665.

Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat to hold Desert Day of Reflection.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat to hold Desert Day of Reflection, April 17
The Holy Week day of reflection at the Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat will begin at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, April 17, and conclude at 4 p.m., dinner is included. Freewill offering is accepted. The presenter will be Sister Gail Lambert, MSBT, the spritual guide on staff.
For registration information, visit website, email, or call 334-855-4474

Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa to present Nunsense, March 29 & 30.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa to present Nunsense, March 29 & 30
Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa will present the musical Nunsense on March 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. on the Holy Spirit stage. Tickets will be available at the door. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for students.

Retreat on John Donne and George Herbert to be offered, March 22-23.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Retreat on John Donne and George Herbert to be offered, March 22-23
The Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center in Cullman will present an overnight retreat, Poets of the Paschal Mystery: John Donne and George Herbert, on March 22-23 (3:30 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday). Sister Marian Davis, O.S.B., Ph. D., will link the memorable works of two major poets, both pastors, to the Lenten themes of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
The cost of the retreat is $145 for a private room or $110 per person for a shared room. A day rate is available for those who wish, please inquire. To register or for more information, please contact the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center at 256-734-8302 or by e-mail at

Religious Life retreat to be held at Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Religious Life retreat to be held at Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, March 23
Join young women from Auburn Campus Ministry to hear from sisters about the practical side to religious life and living in community. As a group, spend time outside while helping the Retreat Center maintain one of its trails (bring work clothes!). There will be time for personal reflection, spiritual direction, and Mass.
Giving the presentations will be five sisters representing three religious orders. They will share their vocation stories and what it is like to be a sister day in and day out.
The retreat begins with registration at 9 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Saturday, March 23, and concludes with dinner at noon on Sunday. 
For registration information visit, email, or call 334-855-4474.

Italian American Heritage Society to host St. Joseph’s Altar.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Italian American Heritage Society to host St. Joseph's Altar, March 17
The Italian American Heritage Society will host its annual St. Joseph’s Altar on Sunday, March 17, at the Family Life Center at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Birmingham from 1-3 p.m. Please enter at the front door only.  
The altar tradition began in the 1800s in New Orleans and replicates the response of the Sicilian people to the intervention of St. Joseph for the relief of a famine in Sicily.  The altar will be adorned with blessed, meatless foods that were originally offered including different types of greens, vegetables, fish, breads, and desserts.  
​In an effort to return to a more original purpose of the St. Joseph Altar (to feed the needy in thanksgiving for special intentions), and still maintain an Italian celebratory tradition of sharing Sicilian history, religion, food, and culture, a few changes are being made to this year’s celebration.
First of all, the menu for our guests will NOT include the food from the altar, but rather meatless baked ziti, salad, bread, and a dessert. The new guest menu should alleviate past problems of serving hot food quickly and to very large crowds.
​From our guests, we will be glad to accept cooked food donations (desposable pans only) or a monetary donation at the door to join us in our St. Joseph Altar celebration. If you would like to bring cooked, baked ziti please use a 9x13 aluminum pan. Both monetary donations and any donations of food (unused) will be given to the Catholic Center of Concern and Brother Bryan Missions.

John Carroll Catholic High School to host Carrollights 2019, March 16.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

John Carroll Catholic High School to host Carrollights 2019, March 16
The John Carroll Catholic High School PTO will be hosting Carrollights on Saturday, March 16, at 6:00 p.m. at John Carroll. It is sure to be a spectacular evening with dinner, drinks, dancing, and a live and silent auction. Tickets are available online at

St. George Melkite Church to hold Lenten Reflections beginning March 15.

Friday, March 15, 2019

St. George Melkite Church
to hold Lenten Reflections beginning March 15
St. George will hold Lenten Reflections on three consecutive Fridays beginning March 15. The topics include, "Heaven and Hell: The Mystery of Salvation," "Ask Abouna," and "The Great Divorce" by C.S. Lewis. On April 5-7, the church will hold a retreat weekend will begin with a look at "Theosis: Why is Matters" and conclude with Liturgy and homilist Father Hieromonk Maximos.
Friday night programs begin with Akathist service at 6 p.m. During the Friday night programs, children activities will be provided for grades 3k-6.
For more information call 205-447-4954. St. George is located at 425 16th Avenue, South in Birmingham. 

Catholic Charismatic Mass to be celebrated monthly at Our Lady of Sorrows.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Catholic Charismatic Mass to be celebrated
monthly at Our Lady of Sorrows
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama announces the celebration of monthly Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center on March 14. Come worship and praise and enjoy coming together to give glory to God. Confessions before Mass and individual prayer after Mass are available. Everyone is invited to attend the Mass on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Ray Makofsky at 205-999-8947. 

Saint Patrick Catholic Church Planning Its 35th Annual Springfest.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Saint Patrick Catholic Church Planning Its 35th Annual Springfest


St. Patrick Catholic Church in Adamsville is excited to announce that its 35th annual Springfest celebration will be held on Sunday, March 17 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Yes, Springfest 35 has been set on St. Patrick’s Day, our patron’s feast day. When we began this wonderful tradition, it was held in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day and its purpose was to gather parishioners and the community to enjoy food, fun and get to know each other.

Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, we decided this year to go back to our roots! The date is two months earlier than in previous years so mark your calendar. Save the date and get your chances to win!

We would like to extend a warm invitation to all our former parishioners to join us for a true homecoming as we observe 35 years of bonding together for the benefit of the parish.

Springfest chairperson Pam Palmer said, “I am proud to be working with such an amazing group of parishioners dedicated to making our Springfest celebration a tremendous success. We look forward to welcoming our friends and families back to St. Patrick for a wonderful day of food, fun and fellowship.”

Springfest has always been an annual tradition in western Jefferson County and in the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham. This year’s event will bring back one of the most popular activities enjoyed by so many at our very first Springfest: Bingo! Bingo will be played in St. Joseph Hall beginning at Noon and will go on throughout the afternoon. Cash prizes will be given and there is no age restriction to play.

A variety of meals will be available for eat in or take out. We will feature fried catfish, fried whole chicken wings, mac ‘n cheese, twice baked potato casserole, green beans and slaw. We will have homemade yeast rolls to go along with every

meal. Prices will be $10 for a chicken plate (meat and two with roll) and $12 for the catfish. Meal will include drink and a homemade dessert.

One of the most popular features of Springfest is our auction. This year, the auction will take on a new twist. There will be a limited number of items consisting of valuable special collections sponsored by the different groups in the parish. You will have an opportunity to place a bid on these items and a live auction will be held in St. Joseph Hall just prior to the raffle drawing for the grand prize. Knights of Columbus Council 10567 is raffling off a 1911 Kimber Custom 45 pistol with chances available at $5 each or six for $20.

Back by popular demand will be a commemorative Springfest t-shirt featuring our St. Patrick’s Day theme. Spin to win a home-baked cake for only 50 cents per chance. Also, if you are a gardener you will enjoy picking up a few new treasures at our plant sale.

Children will be well entertained with fun games that allow them to win prizes. We will also have inflatables and a variety of bouncy houses. Hot dogs, nachos and other treats will be served in the Raymond J. Murrin Family Life Center.

New this year is our Trash & Treasure area. If you attended our Clean Out for Christ yard sale in October of 2018, you will see similar tremendous bargains beginning Friday, March 15 (two days before Springfest), continuing on Saturday, and then on Springfest Day. Also included will be our Crafting for Christ items which are unique handmade products donated by our parishioners to benefit the sale. Donations are currently being accepted and will be accepted up until February 17th.

We have a number of vendors who will be exhibiting and selling their products and services. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should contact Pam Palmer. For a list of vendors and contact information, visit

Chances for the $2,000 grand prize are already on sale. Purchase a single raffle ticket for a $1 donation and you could win the grand prize or one of the 10 separate drawings for $100 cash. The $100 drawings begin at 1 p.m. and will end with the grand prize drawing of $2,000 at 3 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. Purchase raffle chances (12 for $10 or 6 for $5) from any parishioner or

contact the church office. Purchase a raffle ticket for the gun raffle from any Knights member or email to request yours.

As always, admission to the event is free and parking is available right on the church grounds. Those who wish may attend the 10 a.m. Mass just prior to the start of Springfest 35. Shop our Trash and Treasure sale on Saturday and stay for our 4:00 Mass that evening.

Download our menu, have a peek at the silent auction items, a sampling of our Trash & Treasure offerings, or contact one of our committee members via our website at You may also contact the church office at (205) 798-5326 for more information.

Proceeds from Springfest go toward the church’s building fund. St. Patrick is located at 301 Shamrock Trail next to Minor High School on Minor Parkway in Adamsville.

Contact: Doris Moody –

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