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Upcoming Events Around the Diocese - April 2023

Saturday, April 1

St. James Catholic Church annual Lenten reflection

St. James Catholic Church in Gadsden will hold a Lenten reflection beginning at 9 a.m. An English reflection led by Father Anthony Vadakara will be held in the church, while the Spanish reflection led by Father Jorge Giraldo will be held in Seton Hall. Opportunities for individual confession will follow the reflections. Ten priests will be available. The service will conclude at noon. The church is located at 622 Chestnut Street.

Tuesday, April 4

Chrism Mass

Bishop Raica will celebrate the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 10:30 a.m. During the Mass, the bishop will consecrate the sacred oils to be used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, anointing of the sick, and holy orders. Additionally, priests of the diocese will gather at this Mass to renew their priestly promises, showing their fidelity to their bishop and to Christ. 

Tuesday, April 4

ADHD 101: What every parent should know series

Dr. Dale Wisely, Prince of Peace Catholic Church’s director of formation and family life, will present a two-part series on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder at 11:30 a.m. in the church’s St. John room. All are welcome and registration is not required. The second installment will be held on April 11 at the same time and the same location. The church is located at 4600 Preserve Parkway in Hoover.

Saturday, April 8


The Cathedral of St. Paul will hold Swieconka (Blessing of the Baskets) at 9 a.m. Swieconka (sh-vee-en-soon-kah) is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions. Baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods are brought to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen or lace napkin and decorated with sprigs of boxwood (bukszpan), the typical Easter evergreen. This food is shared on Easter morning in a ritual breaking of the fast. 

Saturday, April 15

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast

The Service Team of Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter of Magnificat will host a Magnificat Prayer Breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall. Michelle Laque Johnson will be the guest speaker. She will compare her experiences with the suffering and death of loved ones to walking “the Way of the Cross” with Jesus. Tickets are on sale through April 10. Meal tickets are $20 and include a catered breakfast. Tickets are available online at or by email at Tickets for priests, deacons, 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 if you have ticket questions or would like additional information. The church is located at 1728 Oxmoor Road in Birmingham.

Monday, April 17

Remembering Bishop Foley

The fifth anniversary of Bishop David E. Foley’s death. He was installed as the Diocese of Birmingham’s third bishop on May 13, 1994, and retired on May 10, 2005. May he rest in peace.

Saturday, April 22-Sunday, April 23

Bloomin’ Festival in Cullman

The 39th Annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on the campus of St. Bernard Abbey from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with an admission donation of $10 (children 12 and under free). More than 100 artisans have registered to participate. Vendors will be selling handmade items such as baskets, jewelry, ornamental garden art, birdhouses, pottery, cypress furniture, handmade soaps, brooms, wood-turned bowls, fudge, kettle corn, roasted cinnamon nuts, and more. St. Bernard’s monks will be there as well to sell their famous homemade bread 

and cookies. For more information, visit or call 256.739.6682. The abbey is located at 1600 St. Bernard Drive, Southeast in Cullman.

Saturday, April 29

Seafood Fiesta

St. Ann Catholic School will hold its 34th annual Seafood Fiesta from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Great seafood along with authentic Mexican food, chicken tenders, delicious desserts, children’s games, arts and crafts vendors, and much more will be offered. During the event, the Big Fish Car Show will also take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., featuring live music by The Cadillacs. For more information, please visit or contact Tracy Harrell at The school is located at 3910 Spring Avenue, Southwest in Decatur.