On Sunday, September 4, Mother Teresa Catholic Mission celebrated Mass on the same day that Pope Francis canonized Blessed Mother Teresa in Rome. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was the principal celebrant with Reverend Dan Oschwald, pastor of the Mother Teresa Mission, and Msgr. Doug Reed, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel parish, concelebrating.
Reflecting on his opportunity to meet Mother Teresa while still a seminarian, Bishop Burbidge said, “I had the great privilege to touch the hand of Mother Teresa when she visited the Seminary I attended. However, it was her message and joyful presence that touched me!” Burbidge continued, “That day she reminded us of something we can easily forget. Namely, that as we continue our journey here on earth we share the same ultimate goal: to be a saint; to get to Heaven; and to live with God forever.”
The Mass was held in the auditorium at Green Hope High School to a crowd of over 600 people. Masses are held at the high school until the new church is build on Yates Store Road near the Wake and Chatham county lines.
Prior to Mass, the community assembled over 750 snack kits for Haven House, a nonprofit that provides community-based services to at-risk youth and their families in Wake County. “We have a community who love to serve," said Judy Adkins, mission coordinator. “When we were named Blessed Mother Teresa, we were very fortunate that it embodied us.”
Following Mass, parishioners continued the celebration with lunch, bingo and children’s activities.
Pictures courtesy of Patrick O’Hannigan and Diocese of Raleigh