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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Opening Mass for Cardinal Gibbons High School

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated the opening Mass of the school year for students, faculty and staff of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh on Thursday, September 1, 2011. Thirteen priests concelebrated the Mass. This year’s enrollment in the school, which serves the Triangle area, is slightly more than 1,200 students.

Bishop Burbidge shared with the students the pilgrimage he and 64 young Catholics recently took to World Youth Day, held in Madrid, Spain, comparing it to the journey they are undertaking. “When I first met with the young people making their way to Lourdes and Madrid, I stressed that this was a spiritual pilgrimage. A pilgrimage,” the Bishop said, “is a reminder that life here on earth is not the end; it is only temporary. I encourage you to approach this year in the same way.”

Expressing gratitude to the parents and others who support the students’ enrollment at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Bishop Burbidge made a special request of each person. “In the midst of your busy schedules and many responsibilities, find time to go to Chapel at least once a week. Fall on your knees. Be silent. Be still. Be with Jesus. You will hear His voice and feel His power. It will make all the difference and put everything in perspective for you. I promise!”

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Above: Cardinal Gibbons High School students attending opening Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge.

Below: Bishop Burbidge with Diocesan priests who concelebrated Cardinal Gibbons Mass for students on September 1.