The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass on the Feast of All Souls Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Newton Grove on November 2, 2011. The outdoor Mass was conducted at an altar near the burial site of Bishop Vincent S. Waters, third Bishop of Raleigh. Sixteen diocesan priests are also buried in the parish cemetery. The Mass was concelebrated by Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese, and 20 priests serving in the Diocese.
Among the faithful who attended the All Souls Day liturgy were students from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, Pope John Paul II High School in Greenville, and St. Thomas More Academy, an independent Catholic high school in Raleigh.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge acknowledged the presence of the students, noting how proud Bishop Waters and all who worked to spread the Catholic faith in North Carolina would be to "see our young people here as a reflection of the growth and potential of our Diocese."
"The reality of death and judgment do not cause us anxiety or fear because of the promises proclaimed today in Sacred Scripture," Bishop Burbidge said. "May these promises fill us with joyful hope as we continue our pilgrimage of faith here on earth; as we try each day, in an exceptional way, to love God and one another."
Following Mass, Bishop Burbidge led a procession as he blessed the gravesites of Bishop Waters, the priests and the approximately 200 lay people buried in the parish cemetery.
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Above: Diocesan faithful at All Souls Day Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Newton Grove.
Below: Bishop Burbidge, assisted by Fr. Patrick Keane, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, blessing the graves of Msgr. Louis E. Morton and Fr. James Dull, two of the priests buried in the parish cemetery.
Solemnity of All Saints
On November 1, 2011, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass on the Solemnity of All Saints at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. The commemoration of the Holy Day is to pay tribute to all saints; those known and unknown.
"On this beautiful Solemnity," Bishop Burbidge said in his homily, "the Church lifts up for us those men and women who have gone before us in faith and now live with God in the Kingdom of Heaven."
Reflecting on the models they provide to holiness, the Bishop said, "The saints shared in the sufferings of Christ but refused to despair. In the daily crosses and tribulations of life, they found the path to holiness, and so must we. They realized that such holiness is a daily effort. The saints persevered in this ongoing process, and so must we."
"In the midst of all the demands of this world," Bishop Burbidge said, "today’s Solemnity reminds us that, in the end and when all is said and done, we have only one duty and job: to become a saint!"
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