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Annual Diocesan Hispanic Heritage Celebration Set for October

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The annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration has a new format this year. To accommodate growth within the Diocese and make it easier for members of the Hispanic community to attend, a celebratory Mass will be held in each of the eight deaneries instead of one location, which had been the format in previous years.

The event’s purpose is to celebrate diversity, highlight the rich faith of the Hispanic people and celebrate the community’s strong family values. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, will celebrate Mass at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration in the Cape Fear Deanery at St. Mary Church in Wilmington on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. 

Other Hispanic Heritage Celebrations are as follows:

New Bern Deanery
Parish St. Paul
Web: www.stpaulccnewbern.org/ 
Date: Oct. 7
Address: 3005 Country Club Rd., New Bern, NC 28562
Time: 1:00 PM
Conact: Ricardo Mora (252) 364-0416

Cape Fear Deanery
Parish: St. Mary
Web: thestmaryparish.org 
Date: Oct. 13
Address: 412 Ann St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Time: 10:00 AM
Contact: Norberto Bautista (910) 442-9524 

Piedmont Deanery
Parish: St. Thomas More
Web: church.st-thomasmore.org/ 
Date: October 13
Address: 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Time: 10:00 AM
Contact: Luis Royo (919) 357-0237

Raleigh Deanery
Parish: Sacred Heart Cathedral
Web: www.sacredheartcathedral.org 
Date: October 13
Address: 200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27603
Time: 10:00 AM
Contact: Olga Salas (919) 832-6030 

Albemarle Deanery
Parish: Holy Family
Web: holyfamily@embarqmail.com 
Date: October 13
Address: 1453 N. Road St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Time: 11:00 AM
Contact: Paola Morales (252) 548-4461

Fayetteville Deanery
Parish: St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Web: www.stelizabethofhungary.net/ 
Date: October 13
Address: 6199 Fayetteville Rd., Raeford, NC 28376
Time: 11:00 AM
Contact: Sonia Martínez (910) 710-6186

Newton Grove Deanery
Parish: Holy Spirit
Web: www.hscatholicchurchkinston.com/ 
Date: October 13
Address: 400 Academy Heights Rd., Kinston, NC 28504
Time: 11:00 AM
Contact: Jesús Vásquez (252) 525-9923 

Tar River Deanery
Parish: St. Gabriel
Web: www.stgabrielgreenville.org 
Date: October 27
Address: 3250 Dickinson Ave., Greenville, NC 27834
Time: 12:00 PM
Contact: Hermana Martha Alvarado: (252) 505-6258

In 2010, the Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Greenville drew more than 600 attendees. Last year more than 1,000 people gathered in Chapel Hill to recognize and pay tribute to the many gifts Hispanic immigrants bring to the Church. This year’s Masses and celebrations are expected to draw even more of the Diocesan faithful.

Download the Hispanic Heritage flyer (PDF)