Parish Activities

Jesus welcomes us as we enter the Church

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church offers many opportunities for you to get involved and broaden your faith horizons. A rich religious education program, providing for the hungry, and weekly praying of the rosary are just some of the ways you can serve and be served.

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5

 

Devotional Life of the Parish  

Mass

Offered on a daily basis with the exception of Monday. Mass Times vary from day to day to allow an opportunity for people to attend a morning or evening weekday mass based on their work schedules.

Rosary Prayer Groups

8:00am each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning (Spanish)

5:20pm on the 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Saturday evenings before 6pm Mass (Spanish)

7:15pm 3rd Saturday evening during Holy Hour (Spanish)

9:30am each Sunday prior to the 10:00am  Mass (English)

12:20pm each Sunday prior to the 1:00pm Mass (Spanish)

5:30pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month, prior to the 6:00pm Mass (English)

 

Religious Education Program, K-8th grade 

Sunday: 11:15am to 12:30pm

Wednesday: 5:00-7:15pm  Classes begin with 5pm Mass and end at 7:15pm

Saturday: 4:15pm – 5:45pm

Additionally, RE students are expected to attend either the 6:00pm Saturday evening, 10:00am or 1:00pm Sunday Mass with their families each weekend.

High School Ministry and Confirmation Sacramental Preparation

Confirmation Sacramental Preparation 

Confirmation sacramental preparation consists of three components: Prayer, Knowledge and Service. Prayer and Knowledge components consist of attending sessions during October-May weekly on Wednesdays from 5-7:15pm. The Service Component consists of 40 hours of service that can be completed during the Prayer and Knowledge components during the academic year or during special Service Component activities held during the summer.

The parish Confirmation Mass with Bishop Baker is scheduled for Monday, August 14, 2016.

High School Ministry (YDisciple)

The parish is currently in the process of beginning a high school ministry effort called YDisciple. YDisciple is a process in which small discipleship groups of 6-8 young men or young women are formed that meet weekly along with 2 adult mentors to pray, socialize, learn about, and share their faith.

Currently, adult mentors are needed in order for groups to begin meeting. Once adult mentors complete an Adult Mentor Application and the appropriate diocesan Youth Protection training, they will be provided all materials and training necessary to mentor a small group. If you are willing to serve as an adult mentor for a YDisciple group, please contact Christina Semmens, 256-603-0225, semcsem@aol.com.

Adult Sacramental Preparation (English and Spanish)

For any adults who have not received all the sacraments of initiation (First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation) who have been baptized Roman Catholic. Sessions are held in Spanish on Saturdays, 7-9am and Mondays, 6-8pm, or from 5-7:30pm on Wednesdays in English.  Click here for Adult Sacramental preparation schedules  Spanish or English

Parishwide Spiritual Development (Adults and Families)

4th Sundays with Father: 4th Sunday of the month, 5-7pm in the Sanctuary. Family catechesis and spiritual development presented by Father Mark particularly focused for those currently preparaing to receive their sacraments (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation) on a topic of his choice. Click here to see the upcoming schedule and/or listen to prior sessions.

RCIA/Adult Education: Wednesdays at 6pm in conjunction with the RCIA program (English). Click here to see the current topic schedule.

FORMED: The parish has a subscription to the FORMED digital platform created and maintained by the Augustine Institute located in Denver, Colorado. Click here to set up your FREE access, or to see the FORMED “Highlight” that Father Mark currently recommends to the parish in order to assist in you deepening your relationship with Jesus and His Church.

El Camino: Parishwide “El Caminos” spiritual pilgrimages are held periodically throughout the liturgical year that include special prayer events, meditative reading and bilingual discussion gatherings for adults and families. Check the El Camino page for the next topic/gathering or click here for past El Camino pilgrimages.

Guest Speakers/Parish Mission(s): Scheduled periodically throughout the year. Check out the Special Events page for more information.

 

Catholic Women’s Club Meeting

Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month during the months of September – May. All women of the parish are welcome.

The gathering begins with praying the Rosary at 5:30pm, Mass at 6pm, and then a meal and meeting immediately after in teh parish hall.

Contact Kathy Kuhn, 256-418-0829, for more information.

 

Bread of Life Community Soup Kitchen

11:00am to 1:30pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month

The Soup Kitchen is located in downtown Historic Fort Payne next to City Hall and is operated by members of numerous local faith communities. The Kitchen is open to the public each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:00am-1:30pm.

 

Casa Maria Food Bank

Wednesdays, 10:30am to 12:30pm

The food pantry provides non-perishable food items to anyone in need.

Donations of canned goods such as corn, green beans and boxed Macaroni and Cheese to assist in our feeding those in need is always welcome!

The Food Bank is located on the OLV parish grounds. The entrance to the Food Bank is located in the Parish Administrative Office building across from the church.

Knights of Columbus

7:00pm the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Knights of Columbus room off the parish hall.

The K of C 4th Degree meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Contact Grand Knight Tom Mager, 256-996-3941, for more information.

Cursillo Ultreya

Cursillo is a charism of the Catholic Church. Members live out the charism by sharing their piety, study and action in the context of friendship groups. Ultreya meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:30-11:00am in the parish hall.

 

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church   256-845-4774
2910 Gault Ave. North, Fort Payne, AL 35967
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