Children’s Schola Cantorum

The Cathedral of St. Paul is organizing their Children’s Schola Cantorum for 2014-15.  The Children’s Schola Cantorum is open to all families throughout the diocese—you do not need to be a parishioner of St. Paul’s in order for you child to participate.  Please see the following announcement from the choir director:

If you have a child (or children) grade 3 or older who loves to sing, please consider signing them up for the cathedral Children’s Schola Cantorum. The schola (literally “singing school”) teaches the basics of music and singing, as well as how music relates to and is an integral part of the sacred liturgy. The healthy continuance of this choir, supported by your generosity, will help ensure the health of the entire cathedral music program for years to come. Rehearsal is but an hour a week (Wednesdays 4-5PM), so while time commitment is minimal, the learning and fun is priceless! While the schola teaches about the liturgy in a solidly Catholic setting, it is open to children of every parish as well as to non-Catholics and non-Christians, so please invite friends! Anyone interested should contact the Director of Music at, 205.251.1279×107, or simply visit in the organ gallery after the 5PM or 11AM Masses for more information. We hope you will make this ensemble part of your child’s essential spiritual, cultural, and musical formation as a Catholic! Rehearsal begins this Wednesday, September 10, so do not delay: we hope to see you child there this week!


Bruce Ludwick, Jr.

Director of Music and Organist

Catholic Apologist John Martignoni to Give Talk on Catholic Tradition in Tuscaloosa:
Sunday, September 7th



UVNA is pleased to announce that Catholic Apologist John Martignoni will be speaking at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, September 7th at 4:30 p.m.  The topic of his presentation will be “Roman Catholic Tradition.”

This event is free and open to the public.  Food will be provided.

The event will take place in Room 301 of the Ferguson Center.  Directions:

From McFarland Blvd:
Take the Jack Warner Parkway exit. Keep right onto Jack Warner Parkway. Turn left onto McCorvey Drive, and take a right at the red light at the intersection of Hackberry and McCorvey. Continue on McCorvey. The Ferguson Center is located at the intersection of Campus Drive and McCorvey Drive.

From Birmingham: 
Take I-20 W/I-59 S towards Tuscaloosa. Take exit 73 onto US 82/McFarland Blvd. exit. Keep right onto McFarland Blvd. Drive approximately 2 miles, and take the Jack Warner Parkway exit. Follow the above directions from McFarland Blvd. 

From Mobile:
Take I-65 N toward Montgomery. Take I-459 toward Atlanta/Gadsden/Tuscaloosa. Keep left to continue on I-459 S. Take the exit onto I-20 W/I-59 S towards Tuscaloosa. Take exit 73 onto US 82/McFarland Blvd. Keep right onto McFarland Blvd. Drive approximately 2 miles, and take the Jack Warner Parkway exit. Follow the above directions from McFarland Blvd

John Martignoni is the founder and president of the Bible Christian Society, an apologetics organization that teaches people all over the world about the truths of the Catholic Faith.  Since 2003, he has hosted EWTN Open Line, a live, nationally-telecast, call-in radio program of Bible apologetics. In 2005, John founded Queen of Heaven Catholic Radio (1480 AM) in Birmingham, Alabama.  Since 2009, he has served as the Director of the Office of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.

Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius to Conduct Latin Mass Workshop in Jackson, MS:
September 2nd through 5th

JACKSON – Una Voce Mississippi is hosting a priest and altar server training in how to celebrate and serve the extraordinary form of the Latin Rite (commonly known as the traditional Latin Mass) Sept. 2-5. This training workshop will be held in the parish center at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, and will culminate with a Missa Cantata (sung mass) Friday evening, Sept. 5.
Father Scott Haynes and Father Anthony Rice of the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius at St. John Cantius Parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago are facilitating the Sancta Missa Workshop. The Sancta Missa Program offers tutorials, regular training workshops, and other resources for priests and laity in the extraordinary form liturgy.
In addition to priestly education and altar server training, there will be workshops focusing on Schola formation and the use of Gregorian chant in a liturgical setting. Scholas are specialized choirs that concentrate on the study and implementation of plain chant to support liturgies through music. Father Haynes is a native of Starkville and Father Rice is from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Both are looking forward to being home and sharing their knowledge with the Diocese of Jackson.
Una Voce Mississippi is a Catholic lay organization, whose mission is to promote a restored sense of beauty and reverence in the church’s liturgy. In particular, Una Voce promotes the liturgical use of Latin and the sacred music tradition of the church, which the Second Vatican Council called “a treasure of inestimable value.” This tradition includes Gregorian chant and polyphony.
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Our Lady, Help of Christians Parish in Huntsville Featured on RORATE CÆLI

One of the Latin Mass parishes in our diocese, Our Lady, Help of Christians, was recently featured in an excellent article on the RORATE CÆLI blog:

Full text of the article is below:

A new traditional Catholic parish is created


Priest: “thus they do not attend the Traditional Latin Mass for nostalgic reasons … This has been a canard frequently aimed at those who attend the Traditional Latin Mass”


The following post was written and submitted to Rorate by parishioner Jen Mackintosh of Wildflowers and Marbles:


After Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI issued his Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, on July 7, 2007, establishing that every priest could offer the Traditional Latin Mass, a group of faithful from Huntsville, Alabama and surrounding areas expressed a great desire for the Traditional Latin Mass.  In 2008, in response to the faithful desiring the Traditional Latin Mass, Bishop Robert Baker (Birmingham, Alabama) established an apostolate in Huntsville, Alabama in order to make this Mass available.  Father Alan C. Mackey was appointed chaplain of the newly formed Latin Mass community in Huntsville with the assignment of offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and making the Sacraments available according to the 1962 liturgical books.  The newly formed Latin Mass Community was granted permission to use the facilities of an existing parish, St. Mary of the Visitation in Huntsville, for Sunday Mass.



The community steadily increased in support and number, and a building fund was established and maintained with the goal of purchasing property for the establishment of a personal parish.  Five years after first expressing a desire for the Traditional Latin Mass, the vision of Father Mackey and the community of faithful came to fruition with the purchase of an Anglican Church in the Five Points district of Huntsville.  Providentially, the first Mass in the new building was offered on January 31, 2013, the Feast of St. John Bosco, who had a special devotion to Our Lady under the title, Help of Christians.


On the 4th Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2013, after years of prayer and hard work by many faithful, along with generous donations, the newly formed Catholic Church was officially dedicated as a personal parish within the Diocese of Birmingham.  Bishop Robert Baker, using the 1962 Dedication of a Church Rite, dedicated the building at 1201 Kingsbury Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama, and established Our Lady, Help of Christians in Huntsville, Alabama as a diocesan Traditional Latin Mass parish.  Immediately following the Dedication, Father Mackey, whom Bishop Baker appointed pastor to Our Lady, Help of Christiansoffered a High Mass.


Due to the Virgin Marys constant intercession and maternal protection, the parish chose the name: Our Lady, Help of Christians, a title given to Our Lady by Pope St. Pius V after the Christians naval victory over the Muslim fleet at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.


The Traditional Latin Mass, offered according to the 1962 books, is now available regularly to those in the Huntsville and surrounding areas.  Every Sunday there are two Mass options: Low Mass at 7:00 am, and a High Mass at 12:00 pm (preceded by the recitation of the Rosary.)  Mass is offered on all Holy Days of Obligation, and regular weekday Mass is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (with First Saturday Devotions led by Father Mackey.)  With great devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament, the parish spends one day each month in Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  The parish enjoys the rich blessings offered through the 1962 calendar such as parish processions, rich Sacramental celebrations, and traditional observation of the liturgical calendar on Ember days and beautiful Feasts of the church.


Father Alan Mackey observes, “A majority of the parishioners were born after the Second Vatican Council, thus they do not attend the Traditional Latin Mass for nostalgic reasons nor to make a political statement.”  He continued, “This has been a canard frequently aimed at those who attend the Traditional Latin Mass.  Most seek solace in the transcendence and silence that emanates from the Mass.”


In the year since the dedication of the parish, membership has grown steadily.  Parish life has also grown with a focal point of renewing Catholic Culture in and through the parish.  There are occasional festivals and receptions anchored to beautiful Feasts of the Church. Classes for adults are offered as well as classes for children preparing to receive Sacraments.  A parish Altar and Rosary society has formed and through the work of generous volunteers maintains the beautiful interior of the Church.  The church maintains a St. Vincent de Paul outreach to the local community, and is involved in vibrant Pro-life work.



Our Lady, Help of Christians parish, in looking to the future and under the leadership of Father Alan Mackey, continues to identify and pursue a number of building projects to improve the interior and exterior church grounds.


Father Mackey concludes, “In a world that is increasingly hostile to our Catholic faith, the Traditional Latin Mass is a rock of stability.  For at least fifteen centuries, the (Traditional Latin) Mass has directed the mind, heart and soul of man toward the transcendent majesty of God.”


Our Lady, Help of Christians Traditional Latin Mass parish maintains a website with pertinent and up to date information. You can access that site by clicking here.

Don’t forget to check out Mrs. Mackintosh’s blog here. Looks like it’s rich with helpful things for moms who homeschool.