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Upcoming Events Around the Diocese - September 2022


Thursday, Sept. 1

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Bishop Raica will mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation with Mass at St. Bernard Abbey at 6 p.m. The abbey is located at 1600 St. Bernard Dr., SE. in Cullman.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 2-3

Seafood Festival in Guntersville

St. William Catholic Church in Guntersville will hold its 52nd annual Seafood Festival, starting Friday night with drive-thru orders being taken from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The next day, drive-thru hours start at 7:30 a.m. and run until menu items are sold out. Dine-in hours are Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until all items are sold out. The church is located at 929 Gunter Ave. For more information, visit

Saturday, Sept. 3

Divino Nino

The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville will hold its annual Divino Nino Shrine Celebration with Bishop Raica celebrating Mass at 10 a.m. The shrine is located at 3224 County Rd. 548.

Tuesday, September 6

Free TeenFEMM education

Reproductive Health Medicine & Gynecology (RHM), a pro-life women's restorative health clinic in Gardendale, will be offering a free, online health education class to teen girls beginning at 4:30 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Going forward, a class will be offered on the first Tuesday of each month, except December. This education is led by a FEMM instructor and goes over basic information about the female body, puberty and periods, hormones and emotions, and basic reproduction. The class is open to ages 13-19, but it is most appropriate for girls who are already familiar with menstruation and are ready for the next level of information. Teens are welcome to attend with friends, sisters, parents, etc. Two additional sessions are provided after this initial class, also free of charge. The next opportunities to begin the class are Oct. 4 or Nov. 1. To register, visit or email Caitlin Estes at

Thursday, September 8

JCCHS 75th anniversary commemorative Mass

John Carroll Catholic High School’s (JCCHS) weekly student-led Mass will be held at 9:15 a.m. in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the opening of JCCHS on the same day in 1947. Bishop Steven Raica will be the celebrant of the Mass to be held in the school’s gym. All families, alumni, and friends of the school are invited to attend. For more information, visit The school is located at 300 Lakeshore Parkway in Birmingham.

Friday, September 9

JCCHS 75th anniversary Homecoming Tailgate Tent Party

John Carroll Catholic High School (JCCHS) invites all alumni to a pre-game Homecoming Tailgate Tent Party catered by Tre Luna, starting at 5:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. kick-off of JCCHS vs. Hayden. All alumni receive one complimentary game and tailgate ticket. To RSVP and purchase additional game and tailgate tickets, visit

Saturday, September 10

Back to school, back to work event

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School will host a back-to-school event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cahaba Brewing Company in Birmingham. The event will prove to be a time for networking, community building, food, beer, and fun. The brewery is located at 4500 5th Avenue, South.

Sunday, Sept. 11

Mass of the Holy Spirit

A diocesan Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 11 a.m. All homeschoolers as well as Catholic and public school students are invited to attend along with their families. The cathedral is located at 2120 3rd Ave., N. in Birmingham.

Saturday, September 17 

Hispanic Catechist and Missionary Disciple Conference

The annual Hispanic Catechist and Missionary Disciple Conference will take place at St. Francis Xavier Church in Birmingham. Bishop Raica will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. St. Francis Xavier is located at 2 Xavier Cir. in Birmingham.

Monday-Thursday, Sept. 19-22

Priest retreat

The annual priest retreat will be held at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman.

Friday- Sunday, Sept. 23-25

National Marian Movement of Priests Retreat for Laity

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, to mark the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Marian Movement of Priests (MMP), the annual spiritual exercises for laity, also known as the National MMP Retreat for Laity, will begin as a continuous cenacle with adoration, cenacle, avening prayer, Holy Mass, the Rosary, and a presentation on Father Gobbi. Friday evening will conclude at 5 p.m. Saturday will begin at 8 a.m. and also conclude at 5 p.m. Sunday will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. All are invited. MMP retreatants from the United States will be in attendance, and there is no charge for the weekend. Please bring a bag lunch on Saturday and note that accommodations are the responsibility of those in attendance. Registration is required by calling the MMP office at 207-398-3375 or emailing The shrine is located at 3224 County Road 548 in Hanceville.