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St. Bernard to host Blues and BBQ Festival, Sept. 9-10

St. Bernard to host Blues and BBQ Festival, Sept. 9-10

CULLMAN - St. Bernard Prep School is adding the Bernard Blues and BBQ festival to the Cullman calendar of events for 2017. This arts, crafts, and music festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10 on the beautiful campus of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School.

Due to the popularity of the school’s Spring Bloomin’ Festival, many artisans and patrons have expressed a strong interest in a fall festival. “We have received numerous requests for the school to…

Third Mini Holy Family Fest held at Camp Tekakwitha

Third Mini Holy Family Fest held at Camp Tekakwitha

The tents and sleeping bags are not yet put away from the third mini Holy Family Fest at Camp Tekakwitha and families and staff are making plans for next year!

Returning families and first timers came to this 120 acre camp in St. Clair County that has a chapel, seven acre lake, walking trails and swimming pool for a weekend of faith, family and fun. 

The Apostolate for Family Consecration ( has been hosting week long Holy Family Fests in…

A Marian Year Prayer

To you, Our Lady of Fatima, we entrust the priests, deacons, seminarians, religious men and women, laity, and all the people of the Diocese of Birmingham, in their joys and their sorrows, their triumphs and their defeats, their successes and their failures. As Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church, you are also Mother to all who call upon you in their need. You are the Mother of all races and all people.

Help our universal human family and…

Father Jerry Deasy celebrates 50 years as a priest

Father Jerry Deasy, a priest who never meets a stranger and always has a smile on his face, celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood at Holy Infant of Prague Catholic Church, June 11. Father Deasy was ordained in Kilkenny, Ireland on the same date in 1967 by Bishop Peter Birch. His first Mass was at St. Patrick's, his home parish, in Dunmanway, County Cork, Ireland. Upon arriving in the United States, Father Deasy was already an incardinated…

Clergy Appointments

Look for one new clergy appointment in the June 2 issue of the One Voice.

Diocesan seminarian ordained to diaconate

Diocesan seminarian Jonathan Howell was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on May 27 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Cullman. His ordination marked the first ordination at the church in over 50 years. See remarks from Bishop Baker and photographs in this week's issue of the One Voice.

Bishop Baker calls for support of Alabama bill

In the past few years, Catholic Schools have benefited enormously from the Alabama Accountability Act. This law allows tax payers to direct a portion of their tax liability to scholarship granting organizations (SGOs) to fund private school scholarships for the poor. A bill currently before the state house (SB 123) would increase the amount of funding available to fund scholarships to Catholic schools. Currently, the law allows donors to gift a portion of their income tax liability. The new bill…

Marian Year begins this weekend in the Diocese of Birmingham

Marian Year begins this weekend in the Diocese of Birmingham

By Bishop Robert Baker

This Saturday, May 13th, the Diocese of Birmingham launches its Marian Year, commemorating the centenary year of the Apparitions to the three young shepherds of Fatima, beginning May 13, 1917.

Pope Francis will canonize two of the visionaries on his visit to Fatima close to the anniversary date of the first apparition in Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta. The universal Church is highlighting the Fatima messages, and our diocese will join in this centenary celebration with events…

Diocesan seminarian to be ordained deacon

Diocesan seminarian to be ordained deacon

With Thanksgiving to God, the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama invites you to be present at the Ordination of Jonathan Howell to the Order of Deacon. Jonathan will be ordained by Bishop Robert J. Baker on Saturday, May 27, during the 5:30 p.m. vigil Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Cullman.

Deacon Jonathan will preach his first homily during the 11 a.m. Mass on May 28, the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord, at Sacred Heart…

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June 2017