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Our Next Meal
Saturday, November 2, 2013
About our Speaker:
Sena Higdon was born on the island of Guam in December, 1941 when her beloved country was being invaded by the enemy. The unspeakable effects of this horrible war brought much emotional anguish to her family. God’s plan for Sena did not become crystalized until after she developed an appreciation for the various places she lived throughout her life. Her story reveals how God-given gifts and blessings helped her through many challenges and adversities.
At the age of twelve, Sena came to the United States with her mother and stepfather. Having entered a completely different world, her greatest struggle was to overcome the language barrier in her studies. She was privileged to attend Catholic schools and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Nursing School in Camden, New Jersey. In 1965 she moved to Birmingham and married that southern gentleman who captured her heart. Her 31-year nursing career at Children’s Hospital provided many opportunities for Sena to use her gift of evangelization and to be the “face of Jesus” to many patients and employees.
Sena and her husband, David, have been married for 47 years and currently reside in Maylene. They have been blessed with three children and nine grandchildren. Sena is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. She served in previous parishes as a CCD teacher and a member of the choir and Ladies Guild. In 2001 she attended a Cursillo weekend where she came to know the Holy Spirit who now proves to be the “wind beneath her wings.” Sena depends on the love and support of family, friends and her Magnificat and Cursillo communities to help achieve her ultimate goal in life, “to be home with Jesus.”
Sena is truly a woman blessed with a servant’s heart. Come to Magnificat as she shares the amazing story of the fruition, in her life, of the following scripture verse,
“My grace is sufficient for you,
for My power is made perfect in you.” 2 Cor 9:12
Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Magnificat Service Team.
This Magnificat Meal will be held from 9:30 AM til 12:30 PM atOur Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall
1728 Oxmoor Road
Birmingham, AL 35209
Parish Hall Phone (205) 870-3508
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, November 2, 2013.
Tickets are also available at Alpha Church Supply and Gifts, 131 West Oxmoor Rd., Suite 119, Homewood, AL 35209. Ticket sales end on Wednesday, October 30,2013 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
October 26th, 2013 to receive your ticket by mail. (cash/check only)
City___________________________ State_____ Zip_____________
Phone#____________________ 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
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 – 2013
|November 2, 2013||Breakfast at OLS||Sena Higdon|
|January 25, 2014||Luncheon at St Elias||Carolyn Wright|
|March 29, 2014||Breakfast at St Peter the Apostle||Sr. Madeline Contorno|
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
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 email@example.com
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.