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Our Next Meal

Saturday, March 29, 2014

About our Speaker:  

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 Sister Madeline Contorno, O.S.B.


“Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. 

Treat everyone with equal kindness and make real friends with the poor.”

Romans 12: 14-16

     Benedictine Sister Madeline Contorno was born in 1950 into an Italian-American family in Birmingham.  She was a teen in the 60’s, a chaotic time of civil unrest.  She vividly remembers the Sixteenth Street Church bombing in September, 1963, when four little girls her own age were tragically killed. She believes her religious vocation took root at that event as she looked to Jesus for justice and reconciliation. Sister attended St. Paul’s Elementary School and John Carroll Catholic High School where the love and dedication of the Sisters laid the seeds of her Benedictine vocation. She obtained two master’s degrees, one in theology from the University of Notre Dame and one in social work from the University of Alabama.  She presently lives in Birmingham and ministers at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.

      Sister Madeline entered Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman in 1969. Since that time, she has served her religious community in various capacities and ministered as religious educator, hospice social worker, and pastoral associate. She coordinated the diocesan program RENEW 2000 and directed Pentecost 2000, a diocesan-wide ecumenical celebration at the BJCC. She has 25 years of experience in ministry to the dying and grieving.  Sister says, “I have witnessed the dying and rising of the Lord in the faith and courage of so many dying people and their families.”

      Come to Magnificat and hear how Sister Madeline sees God writing the story of his love in the experiences of her life.  She feels “consecrated life witnesses to the church and to the world that seeking God alone is enough to fully satisfy and fully engage a person’s whole life.”  She believes we are all called “to let God love us, let God transform us, and let God take hold of our hearts and never let us go.”


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.


This Magnificat Meal will be held from 9:30 AM til 12:30 PM at

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
Sullivan Hall
2061 Patton Chapel Road
Hoover, AL 35216
Parish Hall Phone (205) 822-4480

Tickets to the prayer breakfast are $10 and may be obtained from our ticket chairwoman,
Catherine Patton.  Please send your name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number and email address, including 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.  Alternatively you may wish to use the form below to order your tickets.


Tickets may also be obtained on-line for $11.00 by using this link: Magnificat Meal, March 29, 2014.

Tickets are also available at Alpha Church Supply and Gifts, 131 West Oxmoor Rd., Suite 119, Homewood, AL 35209. Ticket sales end on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 5PM. No tickets are sold at the door.

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

If you are unable to afford a ticket, but want to come to the prayer breakfast, please contact Catherine Patton at   205-680-6007 and arrangements will be made for a ticket to be sent to you. Tickets for priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters are complimentary, but reservations are required.

Please use this form for Mail In  Reservations ONLY

$10.00 per person by mail; Registration Form must be postmarked by
March 21, 2014 to receive your ticket by mail.  
(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, $10.00 per person and a self-addressed stamped envelope  to:

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

Open seating, please arrive early.
Rosary Begins at 9:00AM in the Prayer Room; Doors to the Meal open at 9:15AM

Meals for our Chapter - 2014 

Meal Type
January 25, 2014Luncheon at St EliasMeredith Young
March 29, 2014Breakfast at St Peter the ApostleSr. Madeline Contorno
August 23, 2014 One day Retreat at St. Peter the Apostle Vie Thorgren, D.Min., Executive Director of the Center for Spirituality at Work, in Denver, CO

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 following the 9:00AM Mass.
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 Carolina Maenza, Coordinator at carolinamaenza@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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