The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass on the Feast of All Souls Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Cemetery in Newton Grove. Ten priests, including Monsignor David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese, and Reverend Rafael Leon, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, concelebrated.
The outdoor Mass took place at an altar near the burial site of Bishop Vincent S. Waters, third Bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh. Seventeen priests, one woman religious and approximately 700 others are buried in the historic parish cemetery.
More than 120 people gathered and prayed with Bishop Burbidge for those who had died. In his homily, the Bishop reminded the faithful that tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone.
“On this sacred day, as we listen to the Word of God, we are told that one day the Lord will call us to Himself at an hour we least expect,” said Bishop Burbidge. “We pray for the grace, especially throughout this Year of Faith, to be prepared so that on that day the Lord will embrace us in His infinite mercy and love.”
Students from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, John Paul II High School in Greenville and St. Thomas More Academy in Raleigh attended the Mass. Some of the students participated in Mass as choir members, readers and gift bearers.
After Communion, Bishop Burbidge carried the crosier of Bishop Waters and led a procession through the cemetery. He blessed gravesites while those gathered sang a Litany of the Saints. Mass was concluded in the cemetery with a final blessing.
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Above: Bishop Burbidge celebrating All Souls Day Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Cemetery in Newton Grove.
Above: Bishop Burbidge blessing gravesites of Bishop Vincent S. Waters, priests and laity buried in the cemetery.
Above: Faithful attending All Souls Day Mass and blessing of graves.