The annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration is being conducted in a different fashion this year. Instead of holding one Diocesan-wide Mass and reception, a celebration is being held in each of the eight deaneries. The change is to accommodate growth within the Diocese and make it easier for members of the Hispanic community to attend.
The New Bern Deanery Celebration was held October 7 at St. Paul Church in New Bern. On October 13, celebrations were held in the Piedmont, Raleigh, Albemarle, Fayetteville, Newton Grove and Cape Fear Deaneries.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass in the Cape Fear Deanery, which was held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington. Concelebrants were Fr. Arce, Diocesan Vicar for Hispanics; Fr. Steven Carlson, pastor of St. Mark; and Msgr. Stephen Worsley, parochial vicar of the St. Mark.
Fr. Arce was the homilist. His homily was based on a story of a father and his son, which is below in English and Spanish.
The purpose of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration is to highlight the rich faith of the Hispanic people, the community’s strong family values, and many gifts they bring to the Diocesan Church, all of which were noted by Bishop Burbidge in his remarks to the faithful in attendance.
The final Deanery celebration will take place October 27:
Tar River Deanery
Parish: St. Gabriel
Date: October 27
Address: 3250 Dickinson Ave., Greenville, NC 27834
Time: 12:00 PM
Contact: Hermana Martha Alvarado: (252) 505-6258
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Read Fr. Arce’s homily story: English | Spanish
Above: Fr. Carlos Arce during homily at Hispanic Heritage Mass celebrated in Cape Fear Deanery.
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Below: Bishop Michael F Burbidge talking to Hispanic faithful at Heritage Mass celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church in Wilmington. Seminarian Edisson Urrego, left, translating Bishop Burbidge’s comments.