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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Home School Mass

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The special role of Our Blessed Mother, listening to what God is asking of us, and expressing gratitude to parents were the themes of the homily given by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge at the annual Diocesan Home School Mass, celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Southern Pines on November 19. Concelebrants were Msgr. Jeffrey A. Ingham, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, Msgr. Patrick McCabe and Msgr. Frank Hendrick.

The Mass, hosted by the Association for Roman Catholic Homeschoolers, is for all home school families in the Diocese. This is the sixth year Bishop Burbidge has offered the Mass.

Reflecting on a quote from Pope Benedict XVI on the important place Mary has in our lives, Bishop Burbidge said, “We must be inspired by her faith and follow her example, especially as we prepare for Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas.” Calling to mind the beautiful words of Our Holy Mother when she said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,” Bishop Burbidge encouraged the students to “echo those same words as you thank God for His abundant blessings, especially for the precious gift of life itself, for the Holy Spirit living and dwelling in you….”

In addressing the parents, Bishop Burbidge thanked them for accepting the responsibility as the first teachers of your children in the faith. “I know that in living out your vocation and teaching and forming your children in the faith does not always bring forth instant and visible results,” the Bishop said. “Ultimately, the efforts must be entrusted to the Lord, the One who promises that He will produce abundant fruit in and through us.”

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Above: Families attending the annual Diocese of Raleigh Home School Mass, celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Southern Pines

Below: Presentation of the gifts at annual Home School Mass