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St. John Paul II Catholic High to hold golf tournament

For the past 13 years, the annual St. John Paul II Catholic High School golf tournament has been used as a fundraiser for Falcon athletics. This year, the tournament holds a deeper meaning to the JPII family. On Dec. 23, 2016, Father Louis Giardino, pastor of Good Shepherd Church, passed away after suffering a heart attack earlier the previous week. In loving memory of Father Giardino and his love of JPII, our students and yes, even golf, the golf tournament…

Bishop Baker’s weekly column

This week the One Voice publishes Bishop Baker's homily from a Mass highlighting the Legion of Mary at Resurrection Church in Clanton.Look for it in the April 21 issue of the One Voice.

EWTN chairman named consultor for Vatican communications office

EWTN chairman named consultor for Vatican communications office


On Wednesday, the Vatican announced that EWTN’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw has been named by Pope Francis as a consultor to the Vatican Secretariat for Communications.

“I am extremely humbled and honored by the Holy Father’s appointment,” Warsaw said in a statement April 12. “This is a tremendous recognition of the role which EWTN plays in the life of the Church throughout the world. I am grateful to Pope Francis for his confidence…

Italian American Heritage Society announces essay contest

The Italian American Heritage Society (IAHS) announces its essay contest, “What My Italian Heritage Means to Me.” The contest is open to any relative of a society member in good standing. The person submitting the essay must be currently enrolled at the college level or a high school senior who has been accepted at a college. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded, and these will be paid directly to the colleges. 
The deadline for submitting the essay is April…

Deacon Raispis of St. Jude in Scottsboro dies at 88

Jerome Paul (Jerry) Raispis passed away at home on March 17, 2017 at age 88 surrounded by his family.
Jerry was born and grew up in Chicago, IL. Being athletically gifted, after high school he received a basketball scholarship to the University of Detroit where he starred on the team. He served in the U.S. Army as a signal operator in the Korean War and also played on the Army's European basketball team.
After returning from the service,…

Father Andrew Kennedy passes away after short hospitalization

(Jan 12, 1936 - Mar 16, 2017) Reverend Andrew Joseph Kennedy, a priest of the Diocese of Birmingham, passed away at the age of 81. He was born in Tipperary Ireland to Andrew and Christina Kennedy. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary, and his brothers John and Hugh. He is survived by his sister Joan Fogarty, his brother Liam (Nora), and many nieces and nephews. Upon graduating from St Patrick's Seminary in Maynooth, Fr Kennedy…

Mercy Parish Multi-Purpose Building Dedication Mass

MADISON - The Mercy Parish multi-purpose building (MPB) at 10509 Segers Road in Madison will be dedicated by Bishop Robert Baker on March 30 at 6 p.m. All are invited to attend the dedication Mass and subsequent reception. Mercy Parish will celebrate its first weekend Mass in the new facility on April 1. Visit our website for additional details, and to keep abreast of parish events. 

The initial facility will have a vestibule, the main worship hall for 350,…

Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend to be held March 24-26 in Cullman

For over four decades, Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been a leading movement in offering married couples the gift of a weekend experience to enrich their relationship.

If you have been married for many years, the weekend can help you enhance communication, renew commitment, and rekindle romance.

If you have been married for a short time, you can learn new skills you will need to stay close through the ups and downs of life.

“Our Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is the…

Catholic educators gather for Diocesan Religious Education Conference

Catholic educators gather for Diocesan Religious Education Conference

Nearly 450 Catholic school teachers and administrators, along with parish catechetical leaders from across our diocese, gathered to celebrate and grow in faith on Monday, Feb. 20 at St. Bernard's Abbey. The offices of Catholic Schools, Religious Education, and the New Evangelization combined resources to host the "Catholic Connections: Rooted in Faith" conference for Catholic educators. This was a special time to reflect on how Catholic educators can connect their various subjects to Christ for their students, especially by giving…

Calendar of Events

April 2017
Sat 29

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast

April 29 - April 29