Upcoming Events Around the Diocese - January 2022


Saturday, January 1

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mass

Bishop Raica will celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God with Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 8:30 a.m.

Note: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God falls on a Saturday; therefore, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

Saturday, January 8

Diocesan Prayer Breakfast

The Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama’s Office of Black Catholic Ministry will host a Diocesan Prayer Breakfast in commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul Life Center. Tickets to attend are $20. Father Kevin Fausz, C.M., will give a personal reflection titled “Where do we go from here? Chaos or community” To purchase tickets, call 205-838-8313 or email jwatts@bhmdiocese.org.

Sunday, January 9

St. Rose Academy to hold an open house

St. Rose Academy, a private 3K-8th grade school, will open its doors to prospective students and their families from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Vivian Hults at 205-933-0549 or visit strosebhm.org. The school is located at 1401 22nd St., S., in Birmingham.

Friday, January 14

Toy Bowl Night at John Carroll

The John Carroll Catholic High School boys and girls basketball teams will take on area foe, Fairfield Preparatory School, on Friday, Jan. 14. The boys JV game starts at 4:30 p.m., the girls varsity game begins at 6 p.m., and the boys varsity game starts at 7:30 p.m. All Toy Bowl coaches and players receive free admission and are encouraged to wear their Toy Bowl jersey/school colors. All Toy Bowl players and coaches will be recognized on the court prior to the start of the boys varsity game (approximately 7:15 p.m.). The games will be held on the John Carroll campus located at 300 Lakeshore Dr. in Birmingham.

Friday, January 14 - Sunday, January 16

Camp Tekakwitha Scouting Retreat

Camp Tekakwitha will host a scouting retreat for boys and girls who are members of Scouts, BSA. The retreat, A Scout is Virtuous, will cost $34 per person. For more information, please contact the Office for Youth Services at 205-838-8301 or dschwarzhoff@bhmdiocese.org. For more information about the camp, visit www.CampTekakwitha.Net.

Saturday, January 15

"It's Still Christmas" 5K

Combine corporal works with cardio this January with the "It's Still Christmas" 5K benefitting the Fraternity Poor of Jesus Christ. There is a suggested donation of $30 per runner for the Franciscans, but no one will be turned away. There will also be a fun run for younger runners. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 527 Valley Rd. in Birmingham. For details and to sign up, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094DADA62BABF58-its1.

Saturday, January 15

Respect for Life Mass

Bishop Raica will celebrate the Respect for Life Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 9 a.m. Following the Mass, a Prayer Vigil and Witness for Life will take place at 10:45 a.m. in front of the Planned Parenthood location in Birmingham, 1019 1st Ave., N. For more information, visit www.birminghammarchforlife.com.

Monday, January 17

John Carroll High to host MLK Day Parent/Child Basketball Clinic

The John Carroll Catholic High School basketball program will be hosting the 4th annual MLK Day Parent/Child Basketball Clinic from 4-5:30 p.m. on campus. The event is free and no advanced registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring a basketball if they have one. The clinic is for boys and girls (K-6th grades) and their parents, guardians, mentors or other family members. The school is located at 300 Lakeshore Dr. in Birmingham.

Saturday, January 22 – Sunday, January 23

Parish to hold pro-life fundraiser

On the weekend of Jan. 22-23, board members from Ann’s New Life Pregnancy Medical Center (ANLC) will be speaking at all three Masses at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Cropwell. Parish volunteers as well as volunteers from Ann’s New Life will pass out baby bottles, launching the baby bottle drive to benefit ANLC. The drive is an annual event conducted around the anniversary date of Roe v. Wade, coinciding with the annual Pro-Life March in Washington D.C. The baby bottle drive is expected to last 40 days and will culminate with a Shower of Blessings event where parishioners bring their bottles full of change. The Knights of Columbus have been great supporters of ANLC and will be present at the shower, along with the Director of ANLC, Gabrielle Martin. The date of the shower has yet to be announced, pending a speaker. While Ann’s New Life Center has been showered with many gifts, they are in dire need of diaper bags. Other items of need monetary donations, baby wipes, size 4 diapers, copy paper, stamps, toilet paper, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes. The church is located at 4609 Martin St., S.

Saturday, January 22

Filipino Sinulog Festival at the Shrine

Come join the Filipino-American community of the Birmingham diocese to celebrate a most-loved religious festival, Sto. Nino de Cebu (Sinulog) at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The event will start with Mass at 10 a.m. celebrated by Father Paschal Mary, M.F.V.A. A lively and colorful procession will follow. A short program presentation and fellowship meal will be held at the St. Michael Castle. Proceeds from the food sale will benefit the shrine and the EWTN friars. The festival is free and everyone is welcome! For more information about this event and future Filipino events, please call the Shrine Pilgrimage at 256-787-4121. The shrine is located at 3222 County Road 548 in Hanceville.

Sunday, January 23

John Carroll to host Open Gym Sundays

The John Carroll Catholic High School basketball program will be hosting boys and girls in grades 3rd through 6th each Sunday through Feb. 27 from 12:30-2 p.m. The free events will offer skill drills with John Carroll coaches and free play. The school is located at 300 Lakeshore Dr. in Birmingham.

Sunday, January 23

Start the new year right with a Live More! class

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a Live More! class for adults beginning at 2 p.m.

Pam Frazier, author and integrative nutrition health coach, will help participants learn how to enhance their lives as well as nourish and love their body. Those planning to attend are asked to dress comfortably and bring a pen and some paper to take notes. The class will include a one-hour wellness presentation and a 30-mintue chair yoga session. The class will take place in the downstairs classroom. The church is located at 1055 Hughes Rd. in Madison.

Tuesday, January 25

Family Adoration at St. Francis of Assisi University Parish

St. Francis of Assisi University Parish in Tuscaloosa will be having Family Adoration at 6 p.m. in the church. There will be praise and worship music with a pizza dinner to follow. They encourage everyone to bring their families and to share the beauty of Eucharistic Adoration.

Tuesday, January 25

Holy Family Cristo Rey to hold open house

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham will be holding an open house beginning at 5 p.m. for all students and families interested in applying for the 2022-2023 school year. Sign up by emailing admissions@hfcristorey.org or by calling 205-263-0133. The school is located at 1832 Center Way, S.

Sunday, January 30

St. Joachim 50th Anniversary Mass

St. Joachim Catholic Church in Piedmont will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Raica at 11 a.m. The church is located at 555 Babbling Brook Rd. For more information, visit www.stcharlescatholicchurch.com.

Sunday, January 30

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive

The Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Florence will be hosting a Blood Drive on Jan. 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot. The church is located at 203 Plum St.

Sunday, January 30

Tuscaloosa school to hold open house

Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa will be holding an open house from 12-2 p.m. for prospective families, preschool through 12th grade. The school is located at 601 James I. Harrison, Jr., Pkwy.