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        Magnificat Prayer Luncheon

January 24, 2015 at St. Elias Parish Hall


About Our Speaker:

melinda mcnamee

 Melinda McNamee

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) has been a touchstone in the spiritual journey of Melinda McNamee.  Through joyful times and difficult days, she has been strengthened by the wisdom contained in this powerful message.

A lifelong resident of Birmingham, Melinda was raised Methodist in a faith-filled family. After marrying Charles, a cradle Catholic, she began to explore Catholicism, a religion she had felt drawn to her entire life.  Inquisitive by nature, she sought answers and joined the RCIA program.  Melinda now avows that she was “born to be Catholic.”  She and Charles have been blessed with three children, five grandchildren and the recent celebration of their 40th anniversary.

After her son suffered a traumatic brain injury at age seventeen, Melinda recalls remaining in a “state of calm grace.”  As she grew in her trust of the Lord, another scripture verse became very important: “For I know well the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Melinda is active in St. Francis Xavier Parish, where she has served as chairperson for the church garage sale, “Tossed and Found,” and is a member of the Tuesday Morning Women’s Fellowship.  Both of these ministries have been powerful church community builders.  She has been active in the Cursillo community since 1987, serving on many weekend teams and on the Diocesan Secretariat.

Come hear Melinda testify to the powerful works the Lord has performed in her life.





This Magnificat Meal will be held from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM at

St. Elias Maronite Rite Catholic Church
Parish Hall
836 8th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35209

Please arrive 15 minutes early.

The Rosary will be prayed prior to the meal in a designated room.

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Magnificat Service Team.

Confessions will be available at the end of the meal

 Religious books and CD’s are available at the meal.

Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women, free of distractions, it is respectfully requested that young children under the age of 14 not be in attendance.

Tickets to the prayer luncheon are $10.00 and may be obtained from our ticket chairwoman, Catherine Patton.  Please send your name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and email address (include the names and phone numbers of other ticket holders in your group), with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Catherine Patton
486 Westridge Drive
Trafford, AL 35172

You may wish to print the form below to order your tickets.


Tickets may also be obtained on-line for $11.00 (this includes the online convenience fee) for you and any guests by using this link: Magnificat Meal, January24, 2015.  Payment is made through PayPal with your credit or debit card.


Tickets for priests, deacons,  religious brothers and sisters are complimentary,
but reservations are required
and this may be done online or by contacting Catherine Patton.

 If you are unable to afford a ticket but want to attend the meal, please call Catherine Patton (205-680-6007) and arrangements will be made for a ticket  to be sent to you.

Tickets are also available from Alpha Church Supply and Gifts, 121 West Valley Ave.,  Birmingham, AL 35209.  Phone (205) 942-5750.

Members of the Service Team of Magnificat also have tickets for sale.  Your check will serve as your receipt.

Ticket sales end Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM. 

No tickets are sold at the door.

Please use this form for Mail In  Reservations ONLY

$10.00 per person by mail; Registration Form must be postmarked by
January 16, 2015 to receive your confirmation.  
(cash/check only)


Guest(s) Name______________________________________________


City___________________________ State_____ Zip_____________


Email (Please print clearly)_________________________

Those working in a ministry capacity for this meal, please indicate your
Ministry Name. 

Enclosed is $________________for_______________ Number of Reservations.


Please Mail Reservation Form, and $10.00 per person to:

Magnificat Ministry
C/O Catherine Patton
486 Westridge Drive
Trafford, AL 35172
(205) 680-6007

Upcoming Meals for our Chapter – 2015

DateMeal TypeSpeaker
January 24, 2015Luncheon at St. EliasMelinda McNamee
April 18, 2015 Luncheon at Prince of Peace Catholic Church Diana Wall

Rosary Blanket of Prayer
Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 2nd of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.

Our Rosary Prayer Groups

Is God calling you to be in a Prayer Group?

Jesus said “Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst.”

Our prayer groups are open to all.

Rejoice in the Lord Prayer Group
Meets Wednesdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center in the Library at 1:30PM.
Contact Olga Coburn (205) 822-4366

St Albert’s Charismatic Prayer Group
Meets Thursdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center in Room 103 at 7:00PM
Contact Ray Makofsky (205) 999-8947

Magnify the Lord Charismatic Prayer Group
Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Room 203 from 10:00 AM – 12:00PM.
Contact Lisa Henderson (205) 540-0213

For more information about other Charismatic Prayer groups, visit Alabama Charismatic Prayer Groups


Service Team Members

Carolina Maenza, Coordinator

Virginia Springer, Assistant Coordinator

Sarah Young, Recording Secretary

Donna Chmielarski, Corresponding Secretary

Mary Margaret Rohling, Treasurer

Meredith Young, Historian

Olga Coburn, Service Team Member

Peter Ann Ryan, Service Team Member

Spiritual Advisor: Most Reverend David E Foley, Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham in Alabama

If you would like to help with a Ministry of Magnificat, or if you have a question or comment

for Our Service Team,  or if you would like to be on our Mailing list for future events,

please contact us at magnificat0296@gmail.com

History of
Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter of Magnificat
for the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama

Twenty one years ago, news of an organization in the Catholic Church which ministers to Catholic women was brought by a Daughter of Charity, Sr. Virginia Delaney.  She spoke to her good friend, Carolyn Wright, who shared this news with her good friend, Peter Ann Ryan.  They prayed for discernment about the possibility of this organization being made available to the women of Alabama, where the Catholic Christian population was only 3% at that time. Exciting, indeed, was the idea of joining women who follow the Magisterium of the Church under the authority of the Pope, who hold dear with great veneration Mary, the mother of God, and who more importantly promote the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity.  Trusting it would be in God’s will, the little cenacle continued to pray, adding a few more faith-filled women the Lord sent.

These prayer warriors persevered out of obedience to the protocols of the Magnificat ministry founders and the circumstances of the diocese in Alabama.  In the Lord’s good time, a new shepherd of the Birmingham Diocese was finally appointed, and he explained that he needed a year to get to know his flock.  Exactly one year later, he requested 6 more months of reflection and evaluation before he received the women seeking permission for Magnificat, a Ministry to Catholic Women, to be formed in this diocese.

During more  time of prayer,  many physical efforts were required to determine if the women of the diocese were willing to embrace the vision of this ministry and to step forward in service of such an undertaking.  The first Magnificat Prayer Meal in Alabama took place on February 17, 1996 with Sr. Briege McKenna as our speaker and 500 women in attendance.  The rest is history in God’s grace.

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