“Stand with the Lord,” was the theme of the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge’s homily at the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, Thursday, August 30, 2012. This year’s enrollment at the Diocesan school numbers approximately 1,250 students.
Cardinal Gibbons is one of two Diocesan operated high schools in eastern North Carolina. The other is Pope John Paul II High School in Greenville, which is now beginning its third year of operation.
Twelve priests from parishes in Wake, Durham and Orange counties concelebrated. In attendance were Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Superintendent of Catholic Formation and Education, and Mrs. Rosalie Innacelli, Assistant Superintendent. Also present were two members of the Cardinal Gibbons Board of Trustees: Mr. Shane Nolan of St. Ann Church in Clayton and Mr. Richard Derrenbacher of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh.
The Bishop told the students about the upcoming Year of Faith, decreed by Pope Benedict XVI, which will begin in October. “It is a special time for all of us to study, to profess, to celebrate and to live our faith with renewed conviction, confidence and hope,” the Bishop said.
Noting how grades reflect how well a student is doing in the classroom, the Bishop said, “No one can give you a grade that reflects the measure in which you have grown in your faith and intimate relationship with Christ. Only you can do that!”
Bishop Burbidge offered several questions each student should reflect upon each day in pursuit of constantly moving toward a closer relationship with God. “Faith is God’s gift to us,” the Bishop said, “and one that requires a free and generous response on our part.”
Quoting the Holy Father, the Bishop said, “Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with Him.”
At the beginning of Mass, Bishop Burbidge prayed for the three Cardinal Gibbons students who were injured in a traffic accident August 24. The students, Laura Santiago, Annetta San Diego and Matthew Sheehan, are improving. The Bishop asked Our Lord to be with them in their recovery, providing comfort to them and their families.
Cardinal Gibbons High School, which was built in 1999, is undergoing a $16 million expansion. The addition will equip the school with a new entrance as well as additional classrooms, athletics and arts facilities and the latest in technology to help educate new generations of students. The additions are being designed to fuse seamlessly with the existing school structure.
Weather permitting, construction is expected to be complete on the addition the first quarter of 2013.
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Above: Cardinal Gibbons High School students attending Mass marking the opening of the 2012-2013 school year. Click photo to view larger.
Above: Priests from 11 parishes in the Triangle concelebrating Mass of the Holy Spirit at CGHS. Click photo to view larger.
Above: Expansion underway at high school that will provide additional classroom space and needed facilities to accommodate student body. Click photo to view larger.