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On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge prayed the Rosary with approximately 60 pro-life supporters at the Planned Parenthood in Chapel Hill, 1765 Dobbins Drive. The group included Msgr. John Wall, pastor of the Newman Catholic Student Center at UNC, Fr. Scott McCue, pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish in Chapel Hill, and a group of students from Saint Thomas More Academy in Raleigh. The prayer opened the 40 Days for Life campaign, a program of witness and focused prayer that will continue through Lent from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.
On Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, hundreds of Masses were celebrated throughout the Diocese of Raleigh as Catholics began the 2014 Lenten season. During the Mass, the faithful receive ash on their foreheads in the sign of the Cross, a sign of our mortality and a symbol of penance and continuing conversion.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated noon Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral with four priests concelebrating.
The March 2014 issue of NC Catholics is now available online. The cover story, “In the Footsteps of Jesus,” anticipates Lent and our Diocesan pilgrimage in April by featuring the experiences of several NC Catholics who have journeyed to the Holy Land. They share their memories of that pilgrimage and their spiritual insights after standing in the very places where Jesus stood two thousand years ago. This issue’s highlighted ministry, currently active in several Diocesan parishes, is the Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide, a 12-week program with leader direction that uses DVD’s, books and discussion to educate divorced and separated Catholics and to reassure them that they are cherished by the Church. In his monthly column, Bishop Burbidge offers suggestions on how to make Lent a season of true spiritual conversion.
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WASHINGTON—A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent, which this year begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, is being provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
With the theme “Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up,” resources include a new series of audio retreat podcasts in English and Spanish for the Sundays of Lent, video reflections on Lenten themes, and a downloadable Lenten calendar with quotes from Pope Francis’ Message for Lent and other teachings and suggestions for taking an active approach to the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Lenten faith formation program for use in parishes, schools, religious education programs and by families and individuals in the home. Participating Catholics fast, pray, and give during Lent, following Jesus’ call to live in solidarity with the poorest and most vulnerable. Known for its colorful cardboard rice bowls that help transform the lives of those in need, CRS Rice Bowl 2014 has been revamped with the addition of three new features: a free CRS Rice Bowl App for iPhone and Android devices; a new, simple meal cooking show series called CRS Rice Bowl Global Kitchen; and a photo challenge called “How Do You Rice Bowl?”
The 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is underway. This year’s theme is “Grateful to God – Generous to Neighbor,” which reflects the continual reminder given to us by Pope Francis “to love God and neighbor” and to see “in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely.”
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