Upcoming events around the diocese - June 2023

Friday, June 2

Immigrant and Refugee Mass

The annual Immigrant and Refugee Mass will be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul, starting at 7 p.m. Bishop Raica will be the celebrant. The cathedral is located at 2120 3rd Avenue, North in Birmingham.    

Saturday, June 3

Swahili Mass

Prince of Peace Catholic Church will hold the 5th anniversary Swahili Mass at 1 p.m. A reception will follow from 3-10 p.m. The church is located at 4600 Preserve Parkway in Hoover.

Friday, June 9 – Saturday, June 10

Church yard sale

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days. All proceeds will go to benefit the poor, especially the church’s Giving Tree Christmas program. The church is located at 4609 Martin Street, South in Cropwell. For more information, please contact the parish at 205-525-5161.

Saturday, June 10


Brother Paschal Pautler, O.S.B., will be ordained to the priesthood at 10:30 a.m. in the Abbey Church of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman. All are welcome to celebrate with him as he embarks on the next step of his journey of service to the Church. The abbey is located at 1600 St. Bernard Drive, Southeast.

Saturday, June 10

OLS to hold flag retirement ceremony

An American flag retirement ceremony will be held on the campus of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m. Old, tattered, torn, and soiled U.S. flags will be prepared in advance for proper retirement. With Flag Day being June 14, the flag retirement ceremony's purpose is to remind Americans of the importance of respecting and honoring the flag and that for which it stands. The Knights of Columbus Assembly 1288 of Birmingham and local Boy Scouts will conduct the ceremony, which will be on the upper level of the church parking deck. The public is welcome to attend. The church is located at 1728 Oxmoor Road in Homewood.

June 9-11

Vocation retreat

The Cloistered Dominican Nuns of Marbury invite young women ages 16-26 to a retreat to draw closer to Jesus and Mary and to learn more about the vocation at the heart of the Dominican Order. The retreat will start at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and conclude at 11 a.m. on Sunday. To learn more, visit MarburyDominicanNuns.org/Vocation-Retreat-June23. The retreat will be held at the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude, 143 County Road 20, East in Marbury. Please contact the Monastery by June 1 for planning purposes. To contact the nuns, please e-mail stjudemonaster@aol.com.

June 15-17

Treasures of the World Rummage Sale

It’s spring, which means spring cleaning! If you are busy clearing out your house, garage, or storage area and trying to decide what to keep, throw away, Holy Family School has a wonderful opportunity. The Holy Family School Capital Campaign and the Joyful Workers are sponsoring a Treasures of the World Rummage Sale on the grounds of St. Joseph Catholic Church. The sale will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 15-16 and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 17. The church is located at 2300 Beasley Avenue Northwest in Huntsville. For more information, please call 256-539-5221.

Saturday, June 17

Rosary Prayer Service

Holy Family Catholic Church will host a rosary prayer service for an end to gun violence beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event is co-sponsored by the diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry. Guest speakers include Deon Arnold of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School and Father Philip Paxton, C.P., of the Passionist Community. For more information, please call Deacon Walter Henderson at 205-222-2010. The church is located 1910 19th Street in Ensley. All are invited to attend.

June 16-18

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat 

Has abortion affected your life? Have you lost a child, grandchild, or sibling through abortion? Is there a deep sense of loss in your life because of abortion? There is no grief like that of unspoken grief. You are not alone. Post Abortion Treatment and Healing (PATH) is here to help. Registration is currently open for PATH's next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. The weekend retreat helps women and men heal from the wounds of abortion and find forgiveness, peace, and hope. For more information call 404-717-5557 or visit www.healingafterabortion.org.

Friday June 23-Sunday, June 25

Life-giving Wounds Retreat

The diocesan Office of Missionary Discipleship will host a weekend retreat for adult children of divorce, the Life-giving Wounds Retreat, at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. For more information, contact Alex Kubik at akubik@bhmdiocese.org. 

Saturday, June 24


Deacon Daniel Sessions will be ordained to the priesthood at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul by Bishop Raica. All are welcome to celebrate with Deacon Sessions as he embarks on the next step of his journey of service to the Church.

Saturday, June 24-Sunday, June 25

Mission Cooperation Plan appeal 

The annual Missionary Cooperative Plan appeal will take place throughout the diocese as a second collection. The funds go directly to select missionary dioceses and groups throughout the world, providing much needed funds. Please prayerfully consider giving to this annual appeal. 

June 24-25

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

Give your marriage the gift of attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, a weekend-long retreat to focus on each other, find deeper intimacy, rekindle your romance, and revitalize your marriage. The next weekend will be held at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham. The weekend is non-residential, meaning meals are provided but overnight accommodations are not. For more information or to register, please visit wwme.org or call 205-530-3607. John Carroll is located at 300 Lakeshore Parkway.