Donna Chmielarski, Ticket Chairwoman 
Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter
(205) 408-0308 


Saturday, August 24, 2019
from 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. 

Doors open at 9:15 a.m.

Rosary will be prayed at 9:00 a.m. in an adjoining room.


St. Elias Parish Hall 
836 8th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Driving Directions 

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Sacred heart MaryPrayer For Our Country

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care.  Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection. 

Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people.  Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.  Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life.  Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God's law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life.  Amen

The Book Seller

After the meal be sure to stop by the book table and check out some of the wonderful books and gift items.

Books can be ordered anytime from Ruth, The Book Seller, at 

Magnificat CD Sales

Order a CD of the testimony of our current and past speakers.  CD's are $6.00 each and can be purchased after the meal.  Contact Sally Smith at for a list of available CD's.

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Meal was very good! [Our hostess] was very kind and serving all the time.  All was beautiful even the music.  Everyone so gracious. Thank you. God Bless

What a blessed event! Praise God!

The ladies of Magnificat are amazing and a blessing to all who attend.

 Love you ladies! You're daily in my prayers.

Thank you for a wonderful, meaningful and inspiring honor to be among this amazing fellowship of women.

What a wonderful organization. I'm sure the works are rewarding. The lunch was awesome. Also the fellowship was great.  Looking forward to hearing the speaker talk.

Wonderful message and great meal. Really enjoyed the program.

Thanks for a delicious meal. Your service is much appreciated.

When I come I feel so welcomed and a part of a woman - loved, shared, environment.

Brings together Women of Faith!

Feel blessed to know so many beautiful women of God!

I Love Magnificat!

Keep up the good work - ya'll do a wonderful job.  God Bless you all.

Magnificat has helped me to grow spiritually in ways I would never have experienced otherwise!

Thank you for all you do.  You are so appreciated.  I do pray for ya'll everyday!

The blessings the meal has given me today have renewed my spirit which was at a uncomfortably low.  God is Great and so is Magnificat!!

Not enough paper to tell you what it [Magnificat] has meant in my life.

Love seeing all the beautiful ladies from across the diocese!

Filled with faith-full moments

You are wonderful.  It is good that Magnificat exists to hold together Catholic women.  Do not get discouraged, ever!

The service team is doing an amazing job, keep up the great work!!!!  (thanks, we feel the same way about our Advisory team of ladies and volunteers that help us in so many ways.  The meals wouldn't be a success without them.)

I love all "you-all" do for Mary and her children.

[She] was a very pleasant and welcoming hostess.  I brought my [guests], all from different or no churches, and they all felt welcome.

Keep up the good work!

Thanks ladies! Your comments are a blessing to all of us!


Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter

invites you to our

August 24th  Prayer Breakfast


About our Speaker:


Laney LaRussa Gagnon

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer."  - Romans 12:12

 Laney was born in Birmingham to a loving Catholic family and raised at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hoover. She received her B.A. in Communication from Auburn University and worked in public relations before going home full-time to raise her family.  Laney married her wonderful husband Gary twenty-three years ago at Our Lady of Sorrows and have been parishioners there ever since. Their six children range in age from twelve to twenty-two. Laney describes herself as no one special and  insists she is only “a Catholic mom living a Catholic life.”

Laney and Gary have two children with Cystic Fibrosis and have shared their family’s journey of caring for children with chronic illness on EWTN’s “At Home with Jim and Joy.”  Laney and her husband have also taken on leadership roles
locally and regionally working with Children’s of Alabama and UAB physicians and staff as well as other parents of children with Cystic Fibrosis.

After falling away from her Catholic faith in her college years, Laney experienced a profound reversion to the Lord in her early twenties. There have been countless ways since then that He has poured graces upon Laney, strengthening and
deepening her faith along the way. Laney has dealt with struggles that have included depression, multiple miscarriages, and striving to raise a family centered on Christ and His Church. Through it all, even in the darkest seasons,
God has never failed her and indeed is “able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or imagine according to His power working in us.”
(Ephesians 3:20)

The list of the many apostolates Laney has been actively involved with through the years is long. Most recently, Laney and Gary brought the Holy Spirit 101 Conference to Birmingham and formed a team to lead the ARISE Worship
Ministry’s monthly Eucharistic Nights of Healing for our diocese at OLS.
In addition to Catholic ministries, Laney 
seeks to build bridges and has a heart for unity with our Protestant brothers and sisters. She has been invited twice to
be a guest on the WDJC Radio Show “A Call to Prayer” and last spring spearheaded “Gather,” a large ecumenical prayer event at a local high school football stadium in response to a series of suicides at the school.

Laney’s heart’s desire is that all people come to know of the extravagant love of Jesus Christ and have a personal encounter with Him. She thinks it is such a gift to be alive and Catholic at this time in history and believes we all have an important part to play in evangelizing and loving the lost and broken all around us.
To Him be the Glory!


ugustTo purchase your ticket online just click on the "Register now" box


Online payment is available for $16.00 (includes the convenience fee) using PayPal with a credit or debit card.  You do not need to have a Pay Pal account.  You may also purchase additional tickets for any guests you would like to bring to the meal.  When your transaction is complete you may print your online ticket from your computer.


Tickets by mail are available from our Ticket Chairwoman. 

Please send your name,  the names and phone numbers of others desiring tickets,  

a check made out to "Magnificat" for the number of tickets ordered,

and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:                   

Magnificat Tickets, 5220 Crossings Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35242.     


Tickets by mail are $15.00 per person.    Your request must be postmarked by 

August 17, 2019 to allow adequate time to receive your ticket.


Tickets for priests and religious are complimentary, but reservations are required

and this may be done online or by contacting Donna Chmielarski at 205-408-0308.


If you are unable to afford a ticket but want to attend the meal, please call Donna 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.

Ticket sales end Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 9:00 PM. 

No tickets are sold at the door.

Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for open seating .  

The Rosary will be prayed prior to the meal  at 9:00 a.m. in an adjoining room.

Confessions will be available at the end of the meal.

Religious books, gifts and CD's are available for purchase at the end of 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.

Upcoming Meals in 2019  (Save the date!)

November 2, 2019 Breakfast at St. Elias Parish Hall, Birmingham. 
Speaker: TBA

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Other Information

Rosary Blanket of Prayer: remember our Chapter's committment 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.

Rejoice in the Lord Charismatic Prayer Group meets Wednesdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center in the Library at 1:30 p.m.  Contact Olga Coburn 205-822-4366 or Janet Waters 205-979-4196

St. Albert's Charismatic Prayer Group meets Thursdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center in room 103 at 7:00 p.m. Contact Ray Makofsky 205-999-8947

Magnify the Lord Charismatic Prayer Group meets 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center Library at 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Contact Lisa Henderson  205-540-0213 or e-mail or Donna Chmielarski 205-408-0308.

For more information on other Charismatic Prayer Groups visit: