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Bishop Concludes Catholic Schools Week Visits in Fayetteville

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On Friday, February 3, 2012, the last school day of Catholic Schools Week, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge concluded a week of pastoral visits to Catholic schools in Fayetteville, NC. He began the day by celebrating Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fayetteville for students of St. Patrick Catholic School. Concelebrating were Msgr. Michael Shugrue, Pastor of St. Patrick and Fr. Rafael Leon-Valencia, St. Patrick Parochial Vicar. In attendance, in addition to the St. Patrick students, were eighth graders from St. Ann Catholic School in Fayetteville and Pope John Paul II Catholic School in Southern Pines.

In his homily, the Bishop emphasized the theme of Catholic Schools Week, “Faith, Academics and Service.” He also encouraged the home school families who were present for the Mass.

February 3 is the Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop and martyr, and the patron of those with throat troubles. At the end of Mass all those in attendance came forward for the traditional Blessing of the Throats. Two blessed candles are held slightly open and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said, to invoke the intercession of St. Blaise.

After Mass the Bishop spoke with St. Patrick students in their classrooms until noon. In the afternoon he visited classrooms at St. Ann School.

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