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    Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 10

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    CULLMAN, Ala.- The Hispanic community of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church invites everyone to its annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of their home country of Mexico, this Saturday, Dec. 10.  Services begin in the church at 5 p.m....

    Community Meal at Northside Baptist a relief for families during hard times

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Some churches choose to spend their money and outreach solely within the confines of their church walls and for their parishioners. Others opt to grow and reach beyond those boundaries and seek to fill the needs within their neighborhoods and beyond,...

    Religion Editorial – Refuse a common life

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    There’s an extremely antiquated mindset of masculinity that was passed down by our fathers, grandfathers--including our matriarchal figures that have embraced that men have to choose what type of life to live. Men must dominate professionally where money and status often carry more importance...

    “He’s a miracle!” 

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Tuesday was a birthday Ron Mann will never forget. It’s a miracle, according to his doctors, that he is able to celebrate his 74th birthday. Mann tested positive for COVID-19 on October 29 and after three months on a ventilator, four...

    One man’s passion

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Ave Maria Grotto has, since 1934, been home to the artistry of Benedictine monk Bro. Joseph Zoettl, OSB, who built miniature sculptures at St. Bernard Abbey from 1912-1958. After his death in 1961, his workshop on the edge of the...

    North Alabama Quartet Convention returns to Cullman May 1

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The North Alabama Quartet Convention, which has enjoyed great success over the last two years, had to be postponed from its regular Jan. date, but is back on the calendar as a one-day event Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 1-9 p.m....

    Cullman Caring for Kids holds awareness event at Heritage Park

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    Cullman Caring for Kids (CCK) held an awareness event at Heritage Park Wednesday in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, decorating the park with blue pinwheels and ribbons, and placing crosses and releasing balloons for each of the 21 children who died in Alabama...

    Senior Spotlight: Ruth Brigham, pt 2

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    In 1951, Harold and Ruth Brigham moved their young family from Washington D.C. to Cullman County. They would call Hanceville home and eventually have a third child, Tim. Once their children were old enough to attend school, Ruth would go to work as a...

    St. Paul’s Lutheran School receives flag flown over U.S. Capitol

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     CULLMAN, Ala. - Congressman Robert Aderholt, at the request of Nell Dunlap, had the Flag of the United States of America flown over the United States Capitol recently in honor of St. Paul’s Lutheran School. That flag was presented to St. Paul’s Lutheran School...

    Remembering Porter: Michael Heatherly talks about winning St. Paul’s Impact Award

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Paul’s Lutheran School in March named alumnus Michael Heatherly as the recipient of its second Impact Award, said to be inspired by 1 Peter 4:10-11:  “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards...

    St. Paul’s to honor alumnus Michael Heatherly with Impact Award

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Cullman has named alumnus Michael Heatherly as the recipient of its second Impact Award.   Heatherly went on from St. Paul’s to study at Wallace State Community College and Auburn University, where he graduated in 2008 with a...

    Catholic fraternal organization marches through Cullman County

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Saturday, members of Fraternus, a Catholic organization that encourages men to pass along Christian virtues to the next generation of boys- their own and especially those without fathers in their lives- made a pilgrimage through Cullman County. Starting at St....

    Socially-distant Ash Wednesday observed at St. Bernard Prep

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Gathering together as a school community to observe Ash Wednesday was a bit different on the campus of St. Bernard Prep School as the middle school community socially distanced in the Abbey Church, and the high school did the same in...

    Birmingham bishop visits Sacred Heart School

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Bishop Steven Raica of the Birmingham Diocese visited Sacred Heart School this week. He visited all grades, K-3 through sixth, sharing his journey from his own Catholic school education through his last assignment as bishop in Michigan. He noted he did...

    ‘Neighbors are still helping neighbors’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After learning of the devastation caused by the Jan. 25 tornado in Fultondale and hearing a sermon Wednesday on the subject of charity, the youth group at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church decided to lend a hand to their neighbors in need....

    Daystar Church to distribute food across region in February

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    GOOD HOPE, Ala. - Daystar Church, with campuses in Good Hope and Hartselle, has been selected as a distribution point for an upcoming Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)-funded Farmers to Families food box distribution event. Daystar Church has secured 12,000...

    ‘Open wide your hand to your brother’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - With colder weather causing issues for individuals and families without consistent housing or shelter, Redemption Church opened a nightly warming center last week to combat the chill. Located at the church (516 Schaeffel Road, Cullman, AL 35055), the center is open every...

    LIST: Christmas church services

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - With less than a week left until Christmas, many churches are preparing worship services while keeping in mind the COVID-19 guidelines. For those who are trying to figure out where to tune in, The Tribune compiled a list of churches with...

    St. Paul’s announces Advent, Christmas services

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - As in years past, the Advent Season will be highlighted at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church during weekly evening prayer services held every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The focus of the readings will be chapters 47, 48 and 49 from the...

    St. Bernard’s Fr. Bernard Denson completes degree

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Friday, Dec. 4, at the Benedictine Order’s Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo in Rome, Fr. Bernard J. Denson O.S.B., a monk of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL, successfully defended his thesis entitled “The Presence of Christ in the Thought and...

    Ave Maria Grotto lighting up ‘Christmas at the Grotto’ starting Dec. 3

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Ave Maria Grotto at St. Bernard Abbey will host a second edition of Christmas at the Grotto this December, building on the success of last year’s inaugural event which featured evening tours through the park, much of which had been decorated...

    St. Bernard celebrates Veterans Day

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Students at Saint Bernard Preparatory School were honored to be joined by community veterans and a retired U.S. Army brigadier general to celebrate Veterans Day Wednesday. The Cullman Police Department Honor Guard presented the flags, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and...

    Re-start, re-focus for Grace Place

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Grace Place, Grace Episcopal Church’s ministry to persons with memory loss and their caretakers, faced the same shutdown as every senior program suffered in the spring, but leaders are now looking to the future. Program founder Deacon Jerry Jacob shared with The...

    First Source for Women’s ‘Touch a Life’ Telethon raises more than $35K

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Pregnancy services provider First Source for Women on Thursday evening raised $35,375 at its first-ever virtual “Touch a Life” Telethon, moving the organization significantly toward the $100,000 goal it hopes to see reached during the current fundraising campaign. The event, televised...

    Students confirmed at Saint Bernard Prep

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Sixteen St. Bernard Prep students and two alumni received the Sacrament of Confirmation Friday evening, Sept. 18, 2020 at Saint Bernard Abbey Church in Cullman. The Rt. Rev. Marcus J. Voss, Abbot of St. Bernard Abbey, celebrated the Mass and confirmed the...

    Prayer rally for West Point Schools this Saturday

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    WEST POINT, Ala. - This Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m., students, teachers and employees of West Point Schools are invited to attend a prayer rally to kick off the school year. Due to COVID-19 mandates, the group will be meeting in the parking...

    Day of service: Daystar, Desperation Churches spend Saturday helping out

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Desperation Church and Daystar Church, both multi-campus congregations with bases in Cullman County, on Saturday held a day of service, supporting worthy causes in local communities. Desperation Church visits Colony Community Center Around 20 volunteers from across Desperation Church’s campuses went to Colony...

    First Freewill Baptist Church to celebrate 50th anniversary July 19

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Sunday, July 19, First Freewill Baptist Church will celebrate 50 years at its current location on St. Joseph Drive. Pastor Perry McCravy said previous pastors will speak at the 5 p.m. service, followed by a fellowship dinner. The church is...

    Blessings in a bag: Destiny Church delivers gift bags to Cullman County Sheriff’s Office

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Bright and early Thursday morning, representatives from Destiny Church arrived at the Cullman County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) with boxes upon boxes of gift bags for everyone working there - including the K-9 deputies. More than 140 bags were put together by...

    Desperation Church cancels medical debt for more than 2,000 families across state

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Desperation Church recently made good on its promise to purchase and cancel the outstanding medical debts of families in need across a five-county region around Cullman with one minor change in plans: instead of five counties, the congregation’s debt relief reached...

    Adjusted Vacation Bible School programs around the county

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Despite COVID-19 holding some churches back from hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer, many have made adjustments and are planning to continue with their programs. Below is a list of churches holding VBS programs, when they will take place and...

    1st of its own: Northbrook hosts outside family movie night

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Northbrook Baptist Church (NBC) hosted a fun evening for families at its first-ever family movie night Friday. The church provided a free viewing of “Toy Story 4” and gave out refreshments. The event took place outside, with the movie shown on...

    ‘We all want what’s best for our community’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Wednesday afternoon, more than 50 people of all ages joined together in Depot Park to pray for peace in the United States. The vigil, led by Reverend James Fields, was organized by Amy Kampis of the group “Correct Cullman.” For the...

    Local residents meet to pray at Depot Park after days of unrest nationwide

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Monday evening, following a week of unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota, Dwayne Harbison, pastor of Renovation Church in West Point, led more than 40 area residents in a...

    In-person worship returns

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – As the community inches toward to its “new normal” in the time of COVID-19, churches are opening their doors to in-person worship services once more. Restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather in non-work-related gatherings were lifted May 11,...

    Sacred Heart celebrates 1st congregational Mass outside

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    Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Cullman celebrated its first congregational Mass this past Sunday, utilizing all safety precautions as deemed by the State and Bishop Robert Baker.  Attendees gathered together in the Church parking lot, 6 feet apart and wearing face masks,...

    St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank open on Fridays

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Members of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church's St. Vincent de Paul Society in Cullman have opened their food bank doors on a very limited basis to help the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The food bank doors are open Friday mornings from...

    Legion of Mary delivers Holy Communion to shut-ins

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Legion of Mary members from Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Cullman made special visits to parishioners on Easter Sunday, bringing Holy Communion to shut-ins on the special day of Easter celebration.  Hopefully regular Masses and Church services will resume shortly,...

    Bringing out the Best: Corinth Baptist Church debuts ‘Corinth Community Cupboard’

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    JOPPA, Ala. – Corinth Baptist Church recently debuted the Corinth Community Cupboard, a food pantry for people in Baileyton, Joppa and Arab who may need extra help. The pantry is a freestanding structure, set up where people can simply drive or walk up and...

    Cullman First Baptist Church food pantry offers extra help for families in need

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Since 2009, Cullman First Baptist Church (CFBC) has operated a food pantry for families in need around Cullman, and its important work has become all the more crucial during the economic downturn that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. On the third...

    Bringing out the Best: Cullman FBC helping people find ‘daily calm’ during anxious time

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Widespread anxiety over COVID-19 is evident throughout the nation: people have hoarded toilet paper and meat, and gun shops have seen increased business and have had trouble keeping ammunition on the shelves. In a time of emotional turmoil for many, Cullman...

    St. Paul’s Lutheran Church completes roof renovation, looks forward to return of in-person worship

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Paul’s has something wonderful to show its congregation when it finally returns to worship in-house: repairs and to the church’s roof were officially completed as of Friday morning, in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the current building April...

    Bringing out the Best: ‘Easter ninjas’ turn canceled kids’ event into stay-at-home family fun

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    HARTSELLE, Ala. - When Daystar Church had to cancel the annual “Easter Egg Drop” at its Hartselle campus, members had already prepared tens of thousands of candy-filled eggs. Not wanting their efforts to be wasted and desiring to do something fun for the children...

    Different, but still Easter

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - This week would normally be filled with people out and about shopping for a pretty new Easter dress or suit for Easter Sunday church services. The parks and churches would be hosting scores of excited children hunting for eggs and candy....

    Where to tune in for online Easter services

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - At the start of the pandemic, many people were hopeful that the quarantine and social distancing protocols would only be in place a short while and life would return to normal by Easter. Unfortunately, the spread of the disease throughout the...

    Banners of Hope

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala.- As Barbara Wilson, wife of Hanceville City Councilman Charles Wilson, thought about ways to bring the message of Easter into better view for the people of Hanceville this year, she remembered banners she had made years ago. The banners were made shortly...

    Families enjoy Good Friday at the Ave Maria Grotto

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    CULLMAN, Ala.- The announcement that the Ave Maria Grotto would not only be open on Good Friday, but that there would be no admission fees, prompted many visitors from around the Cullman area to get outside in the warm sunshine and enjoy a stroll...

    Bringing out the Best: Local pastors come together for Holy Thursday online prayer service

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Pastors and other ministers from across the Cullman community on Thursday will host “One Cry Cullman,” an online prayer event to mark Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday, Christianity’s traditionally recognized night of the Last Supper. Northbrook Baptist Church Pastor Keith Warden told The Tribune,...

    Bringing out the Best: Northbrook Baptist Church Caring Center going strong

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Northbrook Baptist Church has, for a long time, maintained an outreach called The Caring Center at 1629 Second Ave. NW (Highway 31) in Cullman, to meet community needs. The church says of this ministry, “The Caring Center is the local mission arm...

    Bringing out the Best: You’ve been egged!

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Hanceville Elementary School second grader Ava Whatley has been busy this past week “egging” her friends’ and relatives’ houses. With lots of free time and with Easter fast approaching, Ava came up with a fun way to put a smile on...

    Bringing out the Best: Hundreds flock to Cullman Regional for hour of prayer

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - As hospitals around the country and around the world are ravaged with cases of COVID-19, a group of Cullman residents decided to let their faith give hope and inspiration to the staff and patients at Cullman Regional. With less than 72 hours...

    Bringing out the Best: Center Hill Baptist reaches out to children, nursing home residents

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Center Hill Baptist Church has been keeping itself busy during the pandemic shutdown. Last week, members spent two days distributing activity and gift bags to community children, placing leftovers in Hanceville’s Hope Pantry. On Saturday, a group from the congregation went...

    Customers find fragrances, clothes and faith at Lavish Boutique

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    CULLMAN, Ala.- Inside Lavish Boutique in Cullman’s Warehouse District, shoppers are sure to find beautiful clothes and accessories, sweet fragrances and perhaps some divine inspiration. Near the back of the boutique hangs a simple, yet heartwarming prayer wall where people can take or leave prayer requests. As the...

    Desperation Church to pay medical debts of needy in 5 counties

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Desperation Church is attempting to teach people forgiveness involves one person’s willingness to accept another’s debt, and announced it is going to do it in a very real, tangible way.  Desperation Senior Pastor Andy Heis on Sunday morning told his congregation that...

    A lasting impact: Fred Heinze to be honored at St. Paul’s Lutheran School Alumni and Friends Dinner

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - When St. Paul’s Lutheran School holds its annual Alumni and Friends Dinner and School Auction at Terri Pines April 18, longtime educator Fred Heinze will have a special seat at the table as the inaugural recipient of the school’s new Impact...

    Lenten Fish Fry Dinners begin tonight at Sacred Heart

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church Knights of Columbus will offer their annual Lenten Fish Fry Dinners to the public March 6, 13, 27 and April 3 in the church's Family Life Center.  The menu consists of either fried or...

    This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent

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    This Wednesday, Feb. 26, marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent.  This comprises the 40 days leading up to the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus on the cross on Good Friday. Many church denominations commemorate Ash Wednesday with the observance of blessing parishioners...

    A Night to Shine: Prom treats special needs community to celebrity experience

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    FALKVILLE, Ala. – On Friday evening, Fairview Church of God, “The Grace Place,” in Falkville hosted its fourth annual Night to Shine Prom for the special needs community of a multi-county area, including Cullman County.  Night to Shine is a program of the Tim...

    St. Bernard student lauds Trump’s presence at March for Life

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Students and chaperones loaded two buses on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 to travel with the Diocese of Birmingham to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life.  The march is in its 47th year; the theme of the...

    Faith, hope and music

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Grace Place, Grace Episcopal Church’s ministry to persons with dementia and their caregivers, on Tuesday welcomed Dr. Don Wendorf and Dr. Drexel Rayford from Birmingham for a lively interactive program of all kinds of music, spanning the spectrum from “Amazing Grace”...

    ‘I feel comfortable in a small church’

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    BREMEN, Ala. - On Sunday evening, Mt. Joy Missionary Baptist Church, located south of the Bremen community in west Cullman County, welcomed “Outlaw Gospel” recording artist and former Confederate Railroad keyboardist Cody McCarver for an evening of music and testimony. McCarver, backed by guitarist/vocalist...

    North Alabama Quartet Convention returns to Cullman, continues Saturday

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After success in its initial outing last year, the North Alabama Quartet Convention returned to Cullman Friday, hosted by Temple Baptist Church and Living Faith Quartet, and featuring a lineup that includes: Master of Ceremonies Les Butler Answered Prayer Christian Cross Roads Dry Creek Bluegrass...

    A sense of the divine: Ave Maria Grotto lit up for Christmas

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - For the first time in its 85-year history, the Ave Maria Grotto at St. Bernard Abbey is decked out in Christmas lights for festive evening visits. The Grotto unveiled this addition Friday, Dec. 20. Sunday’s event was rained out, but two dates...

    Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament celebrates 20 years

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament near Hanceville celebrated its 20th anniversary last week. The Shrine was officially dedicated and opened Dec. 19, 1999. During the Shrine’s Christmas Open House Saturday, Fr. Joseph Wolfe of the Franciscan Missionaries of the...

    St. Bernard Abbey monks greet Alabama clergy in Rome

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Saint Bernard Abbey’s Father Bernard Denson and Brother Dominic Lee, who are both studying in Rome, were honored to join the bishops of Alabama’s two dioceses in our state’s delegation for the bishops’ Ad Limina meeting with Pope Francis in his...

    Northbrook kids investigate uproar in Bethlehem with ‘Arrest These Merry Gentlemen’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Sunday evening, the Northbrook Baptist Church children’s ministry performed its production of Little Big Stuff’s “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen,” the tale of Bethlehem police officer Joe Sabbath and his investigation of a case of disturbing the peace involving shepherds, mysterious...

    What is Advent?

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    On Sunday, Dec. 1 (technically at sundown on Nov. 30), Christians of older traditions in the western world entered the season of Advent, an ancient 40-day period of preparation leading up to Christmas. The word comes from a Latin term meaning “coming” or “arrival,”...

    Clergy celebrate Thanksgiving with St. Bernard Prep

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The students, faculty and staff of St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman celebrated their annual Thanksgiving service Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday week.  Thirteen clergy and personnel from the Cullman area and beyond took part in the service composed of prayers,...

    Northbrook Baptist Church prepares to ship thousands of shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Thursday afternoon, The Tribune paid a visit to the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC) drop-off center at Northbrook Baptist Church in Cullman, where a team of volunteers will be working until Monday, collecting shoeboxes of gifts to be distributed...

    Hopewell Baptist hosts annual community Thanksgiving meal

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Hopewell Baptist Church opened its doors for a free Thanksgiving meal for the community Wednesday night. Church members prepared enough turkey and dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes and desserts for 350 people. Minutes after opening the doors at 5 p.m., the...

    ‘God is All’: Margot Tanner returns to Cullman to promote book, share stories

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Margot Tanner, longtime advocate of all things German in Cullman, returned to the city Saturday to promote and sign copies of “God is All: Stories from the Life of a WWII German Survivor,” an account of her life in Germany and...