For the first time since 1945, Valentine’s Day falls this year on Ash Wednesday. Some have wondered whether a dispensation from the standard laws of fast and abstinence would be granted.
Out of respect for the importance of Ash Wednesday in the lives of so many – including our non-Catholic brethren – and the way this custom underlines the importance of the Lenten season at its outset, a dispensation will not be given.
Happy Catholic Schools Week! Let's continue supporting our schools in their mission to Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed!
Look for Bishop Baker's Catholic Schools Week homily and some extras from the diocesan Schools office in the Feb. 2 issue of the One Voice.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Soon our diocese will be taking up the national collection for the Church in Latin America. Although the people are faith-filled, the needs in this region of the world are great and can often seem insurmountable. The distance in rural areas and deteriorated roads make it difficult for some communities to have Mass regularly. Language barriers and lack of resources make catechetical materials difficult to produce. We are called to share our faith with…
Courtesy of Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman
CULLMAN - Sister Margaret Frederick, a Benedictine Sister of Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, died on Dec. 22, at the age of 82. Reception of the Body with Vespers of the Dead was held Dec. 26, in Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel followed by visitation. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 27 with interment following in the monastery cemetery.
Born Aug. 4, 1935, in Miami, to Robert deRolfe and Sarah Wilson…
Following the Church’s tradition of many centuries, candidates for Holy Orders are instituted into the ministry of Acolyte as they continue their studies toward ordination. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal indicates “the acolyte is instituted for service at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon. It is his place principally to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, . . . to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful as an extraordinary minister. In the ministry…
In the Dec. 15 issue of the One Voice, Bishop Baker publishes his homily from the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Also featured are photographs from the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Bishop Baker writes for the second week of Advent: Preparing our Hearts. See his article in the Dec. 8 issue of the One Voice.
Look for Bishop Baker's Thanksgiving message in the Nov. 24 issue of the One Voice.