Join the Community of Caritas for first celebration of the Exaltation of the Cross, climbing to the Cross on Penitentiary mountain at Caritas…
Updated September 5, 2013 A.D.
I t was a Biblical mandate, where God would call His people, the Israelites, to the mountain to encounter Him and receive His blessing and instructions. The difficulty of the climb, raised high above the valleys of darkness, in the crisp clear air, near the clouds, near the heavens to listen to the voice of God. It brought grace to their familes and the tiny nation of Israel. The climb was God’s mandate 4,000 years ago, it is the mandate today.
In the years before Caritas began, the founder would often carry his sons to a mountain overlooking a field to pray, many times offering prayers for God to bless and heal this nation. It was a simple, yet deep prayer lifted high to God on a mountain overlooking a valley that was being consecrated by these prayers. Often on the mountain the founder would pray to God, “Father all creation does your will perfectly, there is no sin in the nature you created. Here in the midst of the nature that you created, which does perfectly your will, only I am a sinner. Therefore, take my will, I give it to you, and make it like nature’s which follows perfectly your every command so that everything here in this place will do Your will perfectly.” God heard those simple prayers, and sent His Mother to leave Her blessing and promise that She would intercede before God from the holy places where She appeared in his home and in the Field in which the founder was overlooking. This was over 27 years ago.
For those of you who have read the Medjugorje Headline, For the Soul of America, about Our Lady’s apparitions this past July 1-5, you would have read more about the years in the making of this great gift we have been given in Our Lady’s apparitions, and in the new Cross that now stands on the mountain overlooking the Field, and which Our Lady has given Her blessing, the same mountain in which the founder of Caritas would often pray to God for the healing of the nation.
It can be agreed that never before as much as today has our nation needed these prayers, and to follow the mandate of God to come to the mountain to pray. And so, we invite you, if you are within driving distance, to come and join the Community of Caritas on Saturday, September 14 for the first celebration of the Exaltation of the Cross, in which we will be climbing to the Cross on Penitentiary mountain, which overlooks the Holy apparition sites at Caritas. It will be a very simple prayer, like the simple prayers offered by our founder, carrying our families and our nation to the foot of the Cross.
The day’s schedule is listed below along with hotel information as well as information on free primitive camping. Please plan to be here all day Saturday, September 14, so that you will not be rushed, but can stay on the mountain with your family as long as you like.* This event is open to all men of good-will, so be sure to spread this to all your family and friends, co-workers, etc. They do not need to be a believer in Medjugorje, or even Catholic to join the Community in prayer on the mountain this day. We are simply bringing our own hearts, our families and our nation to the foot of the Cross, lifted high over this land, near the heavens, in the place where the Queen of Peace has left Her blessing for all men of good-will.
In the Love of Our Lady,
Caritas of Birmingham
Operated by the Community of Caritas
For more information please call Caritas at 205-672-2000, ext 218 or 219. Hotel information below. God Bless!
To read the Medjugorje Headline, “For the Soul of America”, please click to visit here…
*You will need to sign a waiver in order to climb to the mountain. The waivers will be available at Caritas when you arrive. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent will have to sign for you, so please plan to be here early enough to have the waiver signed before the climb.
Prayer and Event Schedule
5:00 A.M. Morning Prayer. Silent prayer in the Field. Dress for cool/warm and bring blankets and flashlights.
6:00 A.M. Angelus.
8:30 A.M. Morning Prayer and Announcements in front of The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages and schedule for the day will be made at this time.
10:45 A.M. Rosary in the Field. Two mysteries will be prayed.
12:00 P.M. Angelus. Wherever you are on the grounds. Followed by lunch* and time spent together with the community at the The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages.
3:30 P.M. Meet in the Field to Climb to the Cross on Penitentiary Mountain, bring a flashlight as we will finish on the mountain after sunset.
* If you will be with us September 14th, we will offer a catered lunch for $10.00 per person. Please call Caritas at 205-672-2000 during mission hours (8:30am–5:00pm CST, Mon-Fri) to pay for and reserve your lunch.
Based on location, traffic, and proximity to Caritas, hotels listed below on Hwy 280 are suggested hotels. They are arranged from those closest to those farthest from Caritas.
1. Hampton Inn & Suites, approx. 10 miles, 205-981-0024
2. Oak Mountain Lodge, approx. 11 miles, 205-991-0100
3. Candlewood Suites, approx. 13 miles, 205-991-0272
5. Wingate Inn, approx. 13 miles, 205-995-8586
4. Hyatt Place Inverness, approx. 14 miles, 205-995-9242
Free Primitive Camping Information
In a tent or self-contained camper is available for all who wish to come or who cannot afford to stay in a hotel. Primitive camping means no electricity.
Port-O-Lets will be available. There will be portable shower units and water at a single location. Free firewood is also available, but bring your own grill. Caritas camping and parking is TV free, radio free, cell phone free, smoking free, and alcohol free. Violators will be asked to leave immediately. Call 205-672-2000, ext. 382, to reserve a spot in the primitive camping area.
• All those attending will need to provide their own transportation to and from Caritas. Parking is available here on the grounds in our parking lot.
• No chairs of any sort are permitted in the Field at any time. For the handicapped, please make arrangements for a wheel chair or a walker with a seat.
• Smoking and pets are strictly prohibited. No video cameras or cell phones allowed on the grounds.
• Modesty code is enforced. Dress for a hike for the mountain. No sleeveless or low cut shirts, blouses, or sweaters. Only knee-length shorts will be allowed for both men and women. No gym shorts or other short clothing. No mid-drifts or clothing that exposes the back or stomach. No see-through clothing or clothing that has inappropriate writing or pictures on it. Remember this is a holy event.
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