Holy Rosary Catholic Church is a small, vibrant community of faith in the Gate City neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama and the Diocese of Birmingham.
A diverse community comes together at Holy Rosary to celebrate the sacraments, enjoy community, and serve our neighbors in a broad range of social ministries and apostolates.
“The Church's deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia), and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable. For the Church, charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others, but is a part of her nature, an indispensable expression of her very being.”
— Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI
Founded in 1889, Holy Rosary remains in its historic church built by the hands of its immigrant founders. 129 years later the parish remains a diverse community dedicated to the fullness of the Catholic faith expressed in word, sacrament, and service.
Our high altar and reredos is a work of beauty. Like the rest of the church, it was built by the immigrant founders - a stunning piece of carpentry from the front, it is even more amazing from behind. As you can see, this work of beauty and wonder was built with scrap wood - a perfect metaphor for the work of Holy Rosary to this day.
Gate City is among the poorest neighborhoods in Birmingham and thus brings us ample opportunities to minister with our neighbors and promote the common good. Throughout its history, Holy Rosary has been at the forefront of contemporary Catholic Social Teaching.
Our community thrives because of a dedicated group of lay volunteers who exercise leadership, serve each other, and discover joy in Jesus Christ found in word, sacrament, and service.