Upcoming Events Around the Diocese - October 2022


Sunday, October 2

A diocesan Blue Mass in thanksgiving for first responders and to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 11 a.m. Bishop Raica will be the celebrant.

Tuesday, October 4

Parish to hold Green Mass

On the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Mary’s Catholic Church will host their 2nd annual Green Mass for all “green” job volunteers and workers. The Mass will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 205-923-0202 or 205-780-3440. The church is located at 6101 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fairfield.

Thursday, October 6

Her Choice Birmingham Women's Center Fundraising Banquet

Life is winning, yet there is so much work left to be done in building a new culture of life. Make your reservation now to attend Her Choice’s banquet to be held at The Club in Birmingham, starting at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Attorney Eric Johnston, author of

The Alabama Human Life Protection Act. There is no cover charge to attend, but an appeal will be made to help support this work of mercy and hope. Her Choice Birmingham Women's Center, the only Pregnancy Help Center in Birmingham proper, exists to help women facing a crisis pregnancy to choose life and to help support them with that decision. Her Choice also offers post-abortion recovery services. To register or donate, call 205-447-8796 or email hcbanquet@herchoicebirmingham.org.

For more information, visit www.herchoicebirmingham.org. The Club is located at 1 Robert S. Smith Drive in Birmingham.

Saturday, October 8

The Diocese of Birmingham will hold a diocesan Confirmation Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 10 a.m. Persons not able to be confirmed at their parish or those wishing to be confirmed at the cathedral will receive the sacrament from Bishop Raica. For more information, contact the Office of Sacred Liturgy at sacredliturgy@bhmdiocese.org.

Sunday, October 9

St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Florian (Florence) will celebrate its 150th anniversary with Mass at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. Bishop Raica, Benedictine Archabbot Martin Bartell, Benedictine Abbot Marcus Voss, and Benedictine Abbot Emeritus Cletus Meagher will be present for the celebration. The church is located at 2751 County Road 30 in Florence. For more information, please visit stmichaelscatholic.org.

Sunday, October 9

John Carroll to hold youth basketball clinics

Coaches Ronald Steele and Matt Kirkpatrick will hold a clinic for Toy Bowl coaches from 3-5 p.m., teaching offensive strategies that will build skill and confidence. Coaches will also learn player development strategies that help players improve, fun games that will keep players engaged, how to beat full court presses and zones, how to play defense the correct way, and practice organization. Access to a youth development guide and tons of instructional videos will also be offered. Registration is not required, but for more information, contact Ronald Steele at rsteele@jcchs.org. The school is located at 300 Lakeshore Parkway in Birminhgam. The next clinic will be held Nov. 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 10

Three Choirs Festival

Come enjoy a Three Choir Festival featuring the Birmingham Boys Choir, the Birmingham Girls Choir, and the Sozo Children’s Choir at the Cathedral of St. Paul, starting at 3 p.m. and concluding at 4:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/three-choirs-festival-tickets-410271311537. For more information, please e-mail operations@birminghamboyschoir.org.

Wednesday, October 12

The second diocesan Blue Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Visitation in Huntsville at 11 a.m. Bishop Raica will be the celebrant. The church is located at 222 Jefferson St., N.

Wednesday, October 12

Eucharistic Procession on University of Alabama campus

Join Bama Catholic for a Eucharistic Procession in honor of the National Eucharistic Revival. After the 5:30 p.m. daily Mass at St. Francis of Assisi University Parish, a witness talk about the Eucharist will take place at 6:15 p.m. in the church. Immediately following, the procession will begin around the campus, covering the campus in prayer and witnessing to the full presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Upon returning to the church, benediction will begin at approximately 8 p.m. S'mores and a bonfire on the Saban Catholic Student Center lawn will begin afterwards until 9 p.m. The church is located at 811 5th Avenue in Tuscaloosa. For more information, please contact William Jarvis at william@bamacatholic.org.

Thursday, October 20

Catholic Social Services of West Alabama will celebrate its 20th anniversary by honoring the late James I. Harrison, Jr. and the Harrison family with a buffet and silent auction from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The celebration will take place at the Cypress Inn Pavilion, 601 Rice Mine N. Rd. in Tuscaloosa. Tickets are limited. For more information, call 205.759.1268.

Thursday, October 20

The diocesan annual Red Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 6 p.m. Bishop Raica will be the celebrant. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is celebrated annually at the beginning of the judicial year to invoke divine guidance for all who seek and administer justice.

Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22

St. Mark the Evangelist Knights of Columbus Fall Flea Market

St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church will host a Knights of Columbus Fall Flea Market beginning at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20. On Friday, the market will open at 7 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. The last day of the market will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. The market will be held in the church’s youth center. The market is primarily an indoor flea market with lots of clothes, tools, furniture, toys, bicycles, framed art, and much more. Proceeds help fund the women's group, an intellectual disability campaign, sonar machines for pregnancy clinics, Catholic schools, and other deserving charities. The church is located at 7340 Cahaba Valley Road in Birmingham. For more information, please e-mail Fred Kapp at fkapp@bellsouth.net.

Saturday, October 22

As part of the Eucharistic Revival, the diocese will host a Diocesan Family Festival at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville. Bishop Raica will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. The festival will begin at 11:30 a.m., during which a soccer tournament will also take place. For more information, visit bhmdiocese.org.

Sunday, October 23

The diocesan annual White Mass will be celebrated in recognition of all health care workers at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 11 a.m. Bishop Raica will be the celebrant. 

Thursday-Sunday, October 27-30

The Office of Vocations will host a Seminary Live-In Weekend with Father Wyman Vintson, Vicar for Vocations, as the leader. Men will have an opportunity to attend classes, meet diocesan seminarians, and experience daily life of a seminarian. The event is for men ages 18-40 years; however, high school men who are juniors and seniors and 16 years of age may attend with parental permission. For more information, email vocations@bhmdiocese.org or call 205-838-2184.

Saturday, October 29

Catholic scientist symposium

The Diocese of Birmingham’s Office of Evangelization, the Society of Catholic Scientists, and the John Templeton foundation will present “Catholic Scientists, Expertise, and Bioethics,” a symposium on moral and theological questions facing Catholic scientists and their relationship with the Church, at 6:30 p.m. in the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Maureen Condic, PhD, professor of embryology at the University of Utah and St. Albert the Great award winner. Recommended ages are 16 and older. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church is located at 1728 Oxmoor Road in Homewood.

Sunday, October 30

The diocesan annual Gold Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 11 a.m. The Mass is celebrated for STEM professionals, academics, and students.