Upcoming Events Around the Diocese - January 2023


Saturday, January 14

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast

The diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry will host a prayer breakfast in honor of Dr. King at the Cathedral of St. Paul’s Life Center, beginning at 10 a.m. Father Reginald D. Norman, Vicar of the Apostolate of Black Catholics of the Diocese of Bridgeport in Connecticut, will be the guest speaker. Music for the breakfast will be provided by the Diocesan Gospel Choir, directed by Rev. Dr. Charles Diggins. To purchase tickets, please call 205-838-8313. The Cathedral of St. Paul is located at 2120 3rd Avenue, North in Birmingham.

Saturday, January 14

Annual Respect Life Mass and Witness for Life

Bishop Raica will celebrate the annual Respect Life Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. A prayer vigil and a witness for life will take place following the Mass at 10:45 a.m. at the Birmingham Planned Parenthood location, 1019 1st Avenue, North. For more information, please visit birminghammarchforlife.com or call 205-447-8796

Saturday, January 14

Annual Sinulog Festival in Hanceville

The Filipino-American community and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament will host the 4th Annual Sinulog Festival, honoring the Santo Nino de Cebu (Infant Jesus). The festival will begin with Mass, celebrated Father Paschal Mary, M.F.V.A., at 10 a.m. in the main church. Promptly following the Mass, a procession will proceed to the Lourdes Grotto. This colorful festival depicts the Filipino ancestor’s pagan past and their acceptance of the Catholic faith. Colorful costumes, dances, and festive music are part of the celebration which centers on the Infant Jesus, a statue of whom the Spaniards first brought across the seas to the Philippine Islands. A short program of dances and cultural presentation will follow in the St. Gabriel Room. Food, including Filipino desserts, will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefitting the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration Nuns, the Friars, and the shrine. The Shrine is located at 3222 County Road 548 in Hanceville. For more information, please call 256-787-4121.

Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22

Annual Catholic Boy Scouts of America Retreat

Join other Catholic parents and their Scouts at Camp Tekakwitha for a weekend of outdoor relaxation, prayer, and reflection. Interesting talks and small group discussion. Camp Tekakwitha is the camping retreat center of the Diocese of Birmingham. It is located ten miles from Clay in a beautiful forest setting. Accommodations are in the heated bunk houses with modern bathrooms. Cost is $20 per person with confidential scholarships available. The event is for BSA Scouts, ages 11 to 18 and their parent(s). Registration forms and more information at www.CatholicYouthBhm.Net.

Saturday, January 21

Sinulog in Birmingham

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church will host a Santo Nino Festival, starting at 10 a.m. All are invited to celebrate the feast of Santo Nino de Cebu. Bishop Steven Raica will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. A novena and Rosary will precede the Mass at 10 a.m. Free food and entertainment will take place following Mass from 12:45-3:30 p.m. For more details, call or text 256-226-8018. The church is located at 2 Xavier Circle in Birmingham.

Sunday, January 22

St. Rose Academy Open House

St. Rose Academy will hold an Open House from 2-4 p.m. The school, a home of exceptional intellectual and spiritual formation for grades 3K-8, challenges its children to embrace truth, uphold goodness, and contemplate beauty in the Dominican Catholic tradition. For more information, please visit strosebhm.org. The school is located at 1401 22nd Street, South in Birmingham.

Sunday, January 29

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School Open House

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School will hold an Open House from 2-4 p.m. For more information, please visit olsschool.com or call 205-879-3237. The school is located at 1720 Oxmoor Road in Homewood.

Sunday, January 29

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Open House

St. Francis Xavier School will hold an Open House from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Come see how classical Catholic curriculum develops lives of mission, virtue, and purpose as intended by God. A loving, Christ-centered environment of the highest moral and academic standards exists and is awaiting your child. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact the school at office@sfxcatholic.com or at 205-871-1687.The school is located at 2 Xavier Circle in Birmingham.