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Birmingham Area Catholic Events
This is a listing of some of the Catholic events and activities taking place in the Birmingham, Alabama Area.

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Birmingham - Sweet Birmingham

Birmingham Area Catholic Events

Spiritual Retreats  |  Pro-Life  |  Marriage  |  Catholic Organizations  |
Catholic Schools  |  Vocations Information  | 

Spiritual Retreats

Alabama Retreat Centers (Near Birmingham)

+ St Bernard Abbey Retreat and Conference Center
welcomes guests to experience the hospitality of the Benedictine Monks of St. Bernard Abbey.  If you are interested in their upcoming schedule, you may call (256) 734-3946, visit or email.

+ The Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center
at Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Alabama conduct many interesting retreats throughout the year. If you are interested in their upcoming schedule, you may call (256) 734-8302, visit, or e-mail.

+ The Sisters of the Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat
, in Holy Trinity, Alabama (across the river from Columbus, GA) conduct many interesting retreats throughout the year. If you are interested in their upcoming schedule, you may call (334) 855-4474, visit or e-mail.

+ Ave Maria Grotto
, in Cullman, Alabama is less a retreat, than a self guided "walking tour". Known throughout the world as "Jerusalem in Miniature," it is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park containing 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. Open every day, 9 am - 5 pm (Central Time) except Christmas.

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Pro-Life

Pregnant? Confused?
Catholic Family Services Birmingham is committed to offering professional help to women and their families during this difficult time. For information or an appointment, please call (205) 324-6561, email or visit.

Choose Life Plates Approved!

The State of Alabama has received well over the 1,000 initial commitments needed to approve the issue of the Choose Life Plates! You may now purchase the tags at any county renewal office. A check for $50 & your registration is all you will need.

Adoptive Families Needed

Catholic Family Services Birmingham is opening up its waiting list for couples seeking to adopt. For those couples wishing more information or placement on our list for those awaiting a home study, please call (205) 324-6561, email or visit.

Hope After Abortion - Project Rachel Ministry
(Post-Abortion Counseling)
More people than ever are coming forward to talk about how they regret having had an abortion. Still hurting 5, 15, 25 years after an abortion? Are you the grandparent, sibling of an aborted child? Call Project Rachel at 1-888-343-4992, email or visit for post-abortion counseling. There is hope. Stop the hurt.

Alternatives to Abortion
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Call 1-800-848-LOVE (5683)
or visit us online.
In Birmingham, visit.

Natural Family Planning (NFP)
The Couple to Couple League teaches the Sympto-Thermal method of Natural Family Planning. This method is now available as a Self-paced Online Class through the Couple to Couple League on their website. Search for an upcoming class in your area or to learn more about the benefits of Natural Family Planning (NFP) - a Safe, Effective and Morally Acceptable method of conception regulation that is approved by the Catholic Church. Class Comparison Chart. La Liga de Pareja a Pareja En Español (In Spanish).

Volunteer Spanish Translators Needed

Catholic Family Services needs volunteers who can provide translation services to Spanish speaking individuals and families. The agency is compiling a list of those fluent enough in Spanish who can assist the Catholic Family Staff in meeting this need. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time & talent can call (205) 324-6561, email or visit.

Considering an adoption plan? Call us.
We have many loving families who want to be parents.

Catholic Family Services
1515 12th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 324-6561

Catholic Family Services
1010 Church Street
Huntsville, AL 35804
(256) 536-0073

Catholic Family Services
1111 E. College Street
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 768-1550

Not Once, But Many Times

We are not converted only once in our life, but many times, and this endless series of large and small conversions, inner revolutions, leads finally to our transformation in Christ.  Thomas Merton

Faithful Citizenship
Sometimes it seems few candidates and no party fully reflect our values. But now is not a time to retreat. The new millennium should be an opportunity for renewed participation. We must challenge all parties and each candidate to defend human life and dignity, to pursue greater justice and peace, to uphold family life, and to advance the common good.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

"Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States"

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Marriage

Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE)
is a weekend experience that offers an engaged couple a unique opportunity to discover a fuller appreciation of their own relationship and God's call to them to be united in a permanent union. Weekends are held at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL from 7:00 pm Friday - 4:00 pm Sunday. CEE weekends take place on a regular basis throughout the year. Please visit their website to register and schedule your CEE Weekend.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter of North Alabama

“Do not conform yourselves to this age …” (Romans 12:1-2). Take a break from the hectic pace of life in the modern world and “be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God.”
Experience what Marriage Encounter can do to strengthen your marriage vocation in the midst of a society that is increasingly unsupportive of Sacramental Marriage. For more info please visit or email them.

Marriage Difficulties?? - Retrouvaille Rediscovery...

If your marriage has grown cold or uncaring, Retrouvaille may be the program to get you back on track. Retrouvaille is a highly successful program that teaches positive and simple ways to communicate, ways that can help you to achieve the marriage you want to have. We know also, first-hand couples already separated or divorced who were able to reunite as happy and stable couples after attending the Retrouvaille program. It s not to late for you, too, to benefit from what Retrouvaille has to offer.

Retrouvaille is Catholic in origin, but has been and always will be open to married couples from all faith traditions, and has proven to be equally successful, regardless of the couples faith.
For the schedule of upcoming weekend in Birmingham, Alabama or for reservations, call (800) 470-2230.

Online resources:
For more information visit or call 1-800-470-2230.
Email Contact: Ted/Iris Bjorn
All inquires are confidential. Although this is a Catholic ministry, it is open to couples of all faiths.


Beginning Experience (BE)

The Beginning Experience Weekend offers Hope, Love and Healing to those experiencing pain and grief due to the death of a spouse or the end of their marriage. Call (205) 969-8509 for details. Beginning Experience is an interdenominational program for widowed, separated and divorced people. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood hosts BE on an ongoing basis. For details, call (205) 969-8509. For more Information visit them online.

Natural Family Planning (NFP)
The Couple to Couple League teaches the Sympto-Thermal method of Natural Family Planning. This method is now available as a Self-paced Online Class through the Couple to Couple League on their website. Search for an upcoming class in your area or to learn more about the benefits of Natural Family Planning (NFP) - a Safe, Effective and Morally Acceptable method of conception regulation that is approved by the Catholic Church. Class Comparison Chart. La Liga de Pareja a Pareja En Español (In Spanish).

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Catholic Organizations

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast
For the women of the Diocese, this is a wonderful chance for fellowship and inspiration! Events are held on a regular basis and normally take place at St Elias Maronite Rite Catholic Church. A variety of speakers present their inspirational witness to their faith and God in their lives. For tickets or upcoming events information, visit their website.

PATH

PATH has been helping women back to work and helping homeless women with their basic needs for over 10 years in the Birmingham, Alabama area. We are grateful for your prayers and, if possible, for any donations. Call Sister Mary Robert Oliver, Executive Director, or Sandra Balfanz at (205) 322-6854 for more information.

Cursillo (Ultreya)

Cursillo is a religious movement that originated in Spain in the 1940's. For more information, visit the Southeast Regional website.

Adult Faith Formation
The Bible Christian Society
(Visit) - host monthly luncheons at The Club, in Homewood. Guest speakers have included Father Benedict Groeschel (R.I.P.), Father Mitch Pacwa, "EWTN Live" and Father Frank Pavone, "Priests For Life". All Catholic men are invited to attend. The goal of the Catholic Businessmen and Professionals Association is to bring Catholic men together for the purpose of broadening and deepening their knowledge of the Catholic Faith and to give them a mechanism through which they can share their faith with others . . . Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Please email John Martignoni for upcoming schedule information or to make a reservation.

Catholic Centers of Concern
The Catholic Centers of Concern is an emergency relief agency established under the "umbrella" of the Diocese of Birmingham Catholic Charities. Its purpose and goal is to communicate Christian love by offering emergency relief assistance to needy families. The Center is run by the Consolata Missionary Sisters with the help of four staff members and many volunteers. To volunteer your time, call the Director at (205) 786-4388.

Nazareth House
(Visit)
College undergraduates and high-school juniors and seniors interested in working with Children/Youth having intellectual and developmental disabilities, during a Saturday morning city-wide program of religious education, please call Sr. Mary Vernon Gentle or Fr. Pat Cullen at (205) 424-2984 or visit.

Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama
Apostolate Directory.

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The ONE VOICE is the diocesan weekly Catholic Newspaper for the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama by the Birmingham Catholic Press, Inc. To information or to subscribe, visit the ONE VOICE or email.

Rosary Makers

Needed! Rosary Makers for Our Blessed Mother: Missions in the US and around the world are in need of Rosaries. You can purchase a beginner's kit that will enable you to make 50 cord Rosaries for less than $10 (instructions included). For info about making Rosaries, call Lady's Rosary Makers, (502) 968-1434, email or visit.

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Catholic Schools

John Carroll Catholic High School
Come and See What Makes "Faith and Reason Flourish" at John Carroll Catholic High School
300 Lakeshore Parkway
Birmingham, Alabama 35209

Academic Excellence since 1947. Grades 9 - 12
For information visit or call: (205) 940-2400

John Carroll Alumni Newsletter
John Carroll Alumni
John Carroll Alumni Association
John Carroll Reunions

St. Bernard Prep

St. Bernard Prep is a co-ed Catholic, college preparatory, boarding and day school for Grades 7-12. It is operated by the Benedictine monks of St. Bernard Abbey and located in Cullman, AL.

Annual Bloomin' Festival  |  5K Run

Catholic Home Schooling Information

Seton Home Study School
1350 Progress Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630
(866) 280-1930, (540) 636-2039; fax (540) 636-2648; Visit: www.SetonHome.org
E-mail: info@SetonHome.org

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Vocations

Is God calling YOU to serve the Church?
"Come follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Mt 4:19)

Bishop Baker invites any men or women in their Junior Year in High School or older who are considering a Vocation to the Priesthood, as a Sister or in Religious Life, to visit the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama's Vocation's Website for information.

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Did You Know?

The Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama...

  • Sponsors free events for men aged 18-40 who are discerning a possible call to the Priesthood?
  • Offers the services of the Vocations Office to assist anyone who is discerning his/her Vocation?
  • Is actively seeking to identify and support all those whom the Lord is calling to Priesthood and Religious Life?
  • Needs YOUR help in praying for and fostering Vocations?

Vocations Coordinator
(205) 838-2184
PO Box 12047
Birmingham, AL 35202-2047
E-mail: vocations@bhmdiocese.org  Information will be provided, and there is no cost or obligation.

For Friends and Family

Do you know someone who shows the qualities of a future Priest, Brother, or Sister? Have you told him or her? God may want to use you as an instrument in a young person’s vocation. Why not invite one young person to consider Priesthood or Religious Life? Also, please Pray for them!

How Can I Help?

  • Pray the Vocations Novena, that men and women answer God's call to Church Ministry.   
  • Encourage people to consider a Religious Vocation.
  • Be Informed about the Church's wide Spectrum of Ministries.
  • Volunteer to teach Religious Education, or for other parish activities.
  • Offer An Example to Youth by proclaiming your Faith through your Words and Actions.
  • Financially Support struggling Seminarians and Vocations Programs across our nation.
  • Contribute to your Parish Burse/Seminarian Fund.

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