Upcoming Events

Father Booth’s Weekly Reflection

Fr. Booth’s weekly reflection can be read online here. You can also download the entire bulletin for this week in PDF format here.

Franciscan Sisters of the Poor of Jesus Christ

We have a wonderful group of Franciscan Sisters living next door to the church. These joyful sisters tirelessly serve the poor of Birmingham. In their efforts to conform to the charism of their namesake, Saint Francis, they take a vow of poverty and live by Divine providence. If you would like to know how you can help them, and the poor, a sign-up sheet is available. They will be extremely grateful for your support!

COVID-19 RESPONSE – MASS & DEVOTIONS

We have an additional Sunday Latin Mass at 7:30, which is intended to aid in the social distancing, and will continue on a provisional basis.

COVID-19 RESPONSE – CONFESSIONS

Confessions have returned to the confessional. Confessions will be offered at 3:30-3:55 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday at 7:00-7:25 a.m., 8:30-8:55 a.m., and 10:15-10:40 a.m.

NOTE ON CONFESSIONS

If there is a significant line for confession, Fr Booth might say part of the formula of absolution while the penitent recites the act of contrition. The full formula of absolution is always said, but the first part might be said softly during the act of contrition. Thus, you might only hear “and I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

WELCOME TO ALL OF OUR VISITORS

We are glad you have attended Mass with us. If you wish to join Blessed Sacrament, please pick up a parish census form at the Religious Goods Counter located in the vestibule of the front entrance.

IN MEMORIAM

In memory of Lois Pruitt, the sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of her soul from November 28th to December 4th. The sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of Lois Pruitt from December 5th until December 11th.

FIRST FRIDAY

We will have our First Friday English Mass on December 3rd at 8:30 a.m. in the Rectory followed with Adoration and Benediction and a Latin Low Mass at 6:30 p.m. in the Church.

FIRST SATURDAY

First Saturday Mass will be offered in Latin at 8:30 a.m. on December 4th. Altar server training, choir practice, and Martha and Mary Altar Sodality will follow Mass.

FIRST SUNDAY

Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. There will be coffee and donuts following the 9:00 Mass.

ADVENT ANGEL TREE

We have an Advent Angel Tree this year that will benefit a number of truly needy families in our local communality. Please bring the wrapped gift items back with the angel tag attached by Sunday, December 19th.

FUNDRAISER FOR OUR FRANCISCANS

All are invited to a fundraising dinner for our Franciscans, the Poor of Jesus Christ, that will be held at the social hall of Our Lady of the Valley. The event will occur on Thursday, December 2nd from 6:15 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. There will be a raffle, including artwork by Sr Clara, $1,000 cash, and one week at a Lake Martin house that sleeps 20. There is no cost to attend, but an appeal for donations will be made. Banquet registration required by November 24th by calling (205) 913-3776.

PRAY FOR OUR SEMINARIANS

Please pray for our seminarians: Daniel Sessions, Charles Deering, Matthew Gubenski, Patrick DePew, Max Gallegos, John Gardiner, Andrew Vickery, John Paul Stepnowski, Collins Hess, Hunter Limbaugh, Francisco Rodriguez, Adam Sellers, and Dominic Rumore. May more good men to answer God’s call to the priesthood.

FIRST COMMUNION DATE

For 2022, 1st Communion is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 15th.

CONFIRMATION DATE

Our next confirmation is planned for Spring of 2023.

2021 HIGH MASS SCHEDULE

The High Mass schedule for the 10:45 a.m. Mass is as follows: Every second, third, and fourth Sunday of the month excluding December 26th with the addition of Immaculate Conception (Weds, December 8th), and Christmas (Sat, December 25th).

NOTE ON MASS INTENTIONS

There is about a six-month backlog on Mass Intentions. Thus, requested Mass dates cannot always be honored.

MASS SCHEDULE AND INTENTIONS (*Masses in the Rectory Chapel)

Sat, Nov 27: 4:00 p.m. Sheila Garner (by Mary & Betty Mason)
Sun, Nov 28: 7:30 a.m. Special Intention for Susan Muck (by Monica Duvall)
9:00 a.m. Pro Populo
10:45 a.m. Special Intention for Natalie Lawshe (by Cora Duvall)
Mon, Nov 29: *8:30 a.m. Souls in Purgatory
Tues, Nov 30: *8:30 a.m. Special Intention for Michael Renna (by the Duvall Family)
Wed, Dec 1: *7:00 a.m. Jose Pilar Carrillo (by the Pinter Family)
*8:30 a.m. Special Intention for Philippa Davis (by the Botta Family)
Thur, Dec 2: *8:30 a.m. Special Intention for Gabriella Trinci (by the Botta Family)
Fri, Dec 3: *8:30 a.m. Mario Botta (by the Botta Family)
6:30 p.m. Special Intention for Fr Massimo Botta (by the Botta Family)
Sat, Dec 4: 8:30 a.m. Peter Davis (by the Botta Family)
4:00 p.m. Sheila Garner (by Mary & Betty Mason)
Sun, Dec 5: 7:30 a.m. Special Intention for Jaycie Donellan (by the Hahn Family)
9:00 a.m. Pro Populo
10:45 a.m. Special Intention for Scott & Lori Donellan (by the Hahns)

NEXT WEEK’S MASS READINGS

4:00 p.m. Second Sunday of Advent Bar 5:1-9, Phil 1:4-6,8-11, Lk 3:1-6
7:30 a.m. Second Sunday of Advent Rom 15:4-13, Mt 11:2-10
9:00 a.m. Second Sunday of Advent Bar 5:1-9, Phil 1:4-6,8-11, Lk 3:1-6
10:45 a.m. Second Sunday of Advent Rom 15:4-13, Mt 11:2-10

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK AND HOMEBOUND IN OUR PARISH