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Ever wondered what Magnificat is?

Magnificat is a ministry to Catholic women whose purpose is to help women be open to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus Christ. The entire scene of the Visitation in Luke 1:46 is the inspiration for the Magnificat ministry, which adopts the name of Mary’s hymn of praise and the spirit of this Biblical encounter between Mary and Elizabeth. 

Magnificat meals are held four times a year. The program includes a shared meal, praise and worship, and a speaker who shares God’s work in her life. The Magnificat ministry also provides other opportunities for spiritual growth, such as retreats, Bible studies, Life in the Spirit Seminars, and intercessory prayer groups.

The next Magnificat Prayer Breakfast will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church’s Parish Hall on Saturday, April 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The speaker, Michelle Laque Johnson, is a fully professed Secular Carmelite and the author of Walking the Way of the Cross for Caregivers. Her book illustrates how to cope practically, emotionally, and spiritually when a loved one has a serious illness. Autographed copies will be available for purchase at the meal.

Tickets for the breakfast, which are $20 and include the catered breakfast, will be on sale through April 10. Tickets are available online at or by email at If purchasing a ticket by regular mail, please send a check payable to Magnificat to: Magnificat Tickets, 5220 Crossings Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35242 by April 7. Tickets are also available at Alpha Church Supply and Gifts or from any Magnificat Service Team member. Tickets for priests, deacons, and religious brothers and sisters are complimentary, but reservations are still required. No tickets will be sold at the door. Please call Donna Chmielarski at 205-408-0308 for ticket questions or additional information.