On Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, Bishop Michael Burbidge presided at a celebration of lay ecclesial ministry in the Diocese. The event, held at Saint Mary, Mother of the Church in Garner, began with Mass celebrated by the Bishop, with Father Marcos Leon concelebrating. During the Mass, 20 lay minsters were recognized for anniversaries of service in ministry and for milestones in professional development.
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On August 16, 2014, Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Cary dedicated a new, 13,000-square-foot parish activity center, to be named Archangel Hall.
The facility houses a gymnasium, team/concession rooms and athletic offices. It can also be configured to accommodate drama and performance events as well as overflow Masses on major church holidays. Archangel Hall includes stadium style seating for up to 600 people and much needed storage/office space for athletic programs at the school. The facility is designed to meet the needs of students, teachers, athletic programs, faith formation programs and ministry outreach for the Saint Michael Parish community.
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On August 12, 2014, the first anniversary of the death of Bishop F. Joseph Gossman, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated a Mass of memorial at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. Bishop Gossman (1930-2013) served as the fourth Bishop of Raleigh for 31 years before his retirement in 2006.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge emphasized Bishop Gossman’s humility, courage and trust in the Lord. “All of you who mourn his death and recall the impact he had in your life,” the Bishop told the congregation, “share the responsibility to honor him by imitating the virtues and many good qualities he reflected.”
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