(Vatican Radio) Why are Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints? That was the key question being asked at a briefing in the Vatican’s Press Hall on Tuesday that was attended by the postulators for the two Popes’ sainthood causes. The briefing kicked off a week of events in the Vatican leading up to Sunday’s canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II.
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On Holy Saturday, April 19, 2014, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Easter Vigil Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. This year, more than 1,400 men and women were welcomed into the Church during the Easter Vigil in parishes throughout the Diocese of Raleigh. The “Elect” received the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Those termed “Candidates,” either having been baptized in other Christian traditions or who were baptized in the Catholic faith but never completed the sacraments of initiation, entered into full communion in the Church.
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.
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The Catholic Charities fourth Annual Celebrate God’s Gifts Gala is being held April 26, 2014, at the downtown Raleigh Marriott. New to this year’s event is a silent auction that is currently live and open for online bidding.
The Celebrate God’s Gifts Gala Committee has, through the generous contribution of many local vendors, gathered over 125 auction items. Many of these items are now available for preview and bidding online, with exciting auction packages being added daily. To preview items and begin bidding, visit www.bidpal.net/catholiccharities.
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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