We have now received the details of the Plenary Indulgence for the Year of St. Joseph that the Holy Father has granted to the Diocese. Like with the foregoing Marian year, shrines for gaining this indulgence may be designated throughout the diocese by Bishop Baker. The initial list of approved shrines is: St. Joseph Church in Huntsville, St. Joseph Church in Florence, St. Joseph Church in Ensley (Birmingham), the Cathedral of St. Paul, the chapel of St. John Vianney Residence…
Prayer To Saint Joseph for vocations
O glorious St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, behold, the great need for priests and consecrated religious here in the Diocese of Birmingham!
Help the good men and women whom God is calling to respond promptly and courageously to His call. During this Year dedicated to you, obtain for us many holy vocations. Take from our number those needed for the Lord’s service!
Graciously hear and answer our prayer through the love you…
My Dear Friends in Christ:
Greetings in the Risen Lord!
The Marian Year that we have been observing (May 13, 2017 – May 13, 2018) has been a time of grace for our diocese, encouraging us all to draw near to Our Lady and experience her motherly care. I would like to express my gratitude to our priests and deacons and the people of all the places that I designated as Marian Shrines for this year, for their efforts to…
By Bishop Robert J. Baker
Bishop David E. Foley’s death on Tuesday, April 17th, at 7:0l p.m. culminated a life totally given over in service to God and the People of God. One could say that he literally died with his boots on! He had been in active ministry, celebrating Masses right up to the end.
The beginning of the end came for him with a phone call from Bishop Foley to me on Sunday, February 25th, after he had…
Bishop Foley’s body will be received at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, 2120 3rd Avenue, North, in Birmingham on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m.
Following reception of the body, prayers will be held on the hour until 6:30 p.m. A Rosary will begin at 4 p.m., led by Father Kevin Bazzel. At 6:30 p.m., Bishop Robert J. Baker, current bishop of the Birmingham diocese, will preside over the Vesper service.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday,…
My Dear Family in Christ:
Our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed me through you in the outpouring of love: cards, Mass cards, enrollments in Mass Associations, spiritual bouquets, visits, phone calls, and other kinds of gifts, messages, and greetings.
I feel a great desire to respond individually to you. This is just not possible.
My illness progresses with some suffering and inconvenience. I am grateful for the loving and skillful care I receive. Memories of my years…
In the March 2nd issue of the One Voice look for Christina Semmens' article about Bishop Baker and diocesan representatives attending the Southeast Regional gathering for V Encuentro.
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.