At noon on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, the events of the Passion of Our Lord were prayed – and portrayed – by hundreds of worshipers at a Living Stations of the Cross liturgy at Saint Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge joined the faithful gathered there for a prayerful and moving reenactment of Jesus’ Passion and Death. The procession began in the church as Jesus was condemned by Pilate, then moved outdoors and around the parish campus through the Crucifixion and burial of Our Lord. Hours later, Bishop Burbidge presided at the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge began the Easter Triduum with the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh the evening of April 17, 2014. During the three days of the Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the faithful reflect on the ultimate gift of love God gives to each of us, through the death and resurrection of His Son.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated the annual Chrism Mass, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Saint Michael the Archangel Church in Cary. The Presbyterate of the Diocese concelebrated. Also vested were Deacons serving in the Diocese and Diocesan seminarians attending Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and those assigned to a pastoral year.
Faithful gathered at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday, April 13, 2014, for Palm Sunday Mass. On Palm Sunday, Catholics celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, where people greeted him by waving palm fronds. Today, Catholics still use palms to commemorate what was a joyful event.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass and delivered the homily. Fr. Justin Kerber, Cathedral rector, concelebrated.
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The 2013 National Coach of the Year award winner, Duke University football coach David Cutcliffe, will be the featured speaker at the Catholic Charities fourth annual Celebrate God’s Gifts Gala, to be held April 26, 2014, at the downtown Raleigh Marriott.
Invitations for the black-tie event will be mailed to recent Catholic Charities supporters on March 24. Online registration for sponsorship and individual tickets is now available at the Catholic Charities website.
In the first two months of the 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal, “Grateful to God, Generous to Neighbor,” Diocesan faithful have pledged over $4 million. Parishes across the Diocese have begun to surpass their goals. The early pledges toward the goal of $6,374,554 have been received from more than 13,000 families.
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