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Bishop Concludes Catholic Schools Week with Visit to St. Michael

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge marked the final day of Catholic Schools Week with a visit to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School in Cary. Bishop Burbidge celebrated Mass for the students, faculty, staff and families of the school. Msgr. Tim O’Connor, Pastor of St. Michael, and Father Steve Smith, O.P., concelebrated. In addition to observing Catholic Schools Week, the Mass also was in recognition of the school being named a 2010 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in the United States, an achievement noted by Bishop Burbidge in his homily.

Talking to the students about the many gifts we receive from God, Bishop Burbidge said, “In a special way we give thanks for the gift of Catholic schools and, at St. Michael the Archangel, for receiving a Blue Ribbon for excellence in education.” The Bishop engaged the students during the homily by asking questions about the acts of service they perform for the community. He spoke of the importance of thanking God for our many gifts and explained the importance of answering the call God gives to each of us.

Following Mass, the Bishop blessed the school building and the students who stood outside their classrooms. He then had lunch with the faculty and concluded by visiting all the students from Pre-K through 8th grade.

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge engaging students on the importance of our gifts from God during his homily at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary.