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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Diocesan Mass for Life

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Catholics from throughout the Diocese filled St. Joseph Church in Raleigh Saturday, January 15 for the annual Diocesan Life Mass, celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge. The 8:00 AM Mass began a day of prayer and a renewed commitment to work on behalf of all pro-life causes ranging from abortion to euthanasia. 

In his homily at Mass, Bishop Burbidge urged the faithful to never grow weary in defending the sacredness of all human life, “with the ultimate goal of bringing an end to the horrific decision that legalized abortion in our great nation.” The Bishop said, by standing together, “We can make history – it is beyond a dream.”

Noting the Vatican announcement on January 14 that Pope Benedict XVI has approved the decree for beatification of Pope John Paul II, Bishop Burbidge reminded the gathering how the late Holy Father proclaimed the Gospel of Life courageously and challenged us to do the same. The Bishop said pro-life advocates in North Carolina have the opportunity, this year, to speak out on behalf of three legislative initiatives, including “A Woman’s Right to Know” and the “Choose Life” license plate.  He encouraged the faithful to utilize the resources provided by the Diocesan Pro-Life Office and the Catholic Voice NC Web site in speaking out in defense of life.

The Mass for Life was followed by a Diocesan Youth Rally with approximately 500 students and adults attending the mid-morning event, which was held at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. The rally featured remarks by Bishop Burbidge and several inspirational speakers and musicians. The participants then moved several blocks away to Nash Square to take part in the North Carolina March for Life. (Stories on the Youth Rally and the march will be posted January 18.)

Above: Light from the morning sun filtering through the window, basking the sanctuary with light during Diocesan Mass for Life celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Raleigh.

Below: Worshippers attending the annual Diocesan Mass for Life celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge.