The thirty-one Diocesan schools and early childhood centers are continuing their celebration of Catholic Schools Week, conducting special events for students, parents and welcoming the communities in which they serve to become acquainted with the opportunities provided by Catholic school education.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge is marking the week with visits to three Diocesan schools. On January 30, 2013, the Bishop celebrated Mass at Annunciation School in Havelock. On February 1, he will celebrate Mass and visit with students at Blessed Sacrament School in Burlington. On January 25, the Bishop was scheduled to celebrate Mass at St. Raphael School in Raleigh, but the visit was postponed because of a weather-related delay in the opening of the school.
On Thursday, January 31, Bishop Burbidge celebrated Mass at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, where following the liturgy, he dedicated the school’s new 67,000 square foot addition. (See story.)
Commenting on the expansion in his homily, Bishop Burbidge said, “Any architect will tell you that a building is as good as its foundation. Same with our schools! It is the foundation, the Gospel of Christ, the beliefs of our Catholic faith, our Christian morals to which we adhere, that hold us up and sustain us.”
Reflecting upon the instruction in the First Reading, “Rejoice in the Lord always,” Bishop Burbidge said that, with problems in our personal lives and concern about the future, it’s normal to question how that is possible. “The person of faith understands that alone it is far from possible,” the Bishop said. ”Yet, when we unite ourselves to Christ, the Light of the World, in daily prayer, in the meditation of His Word and especially in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and all the Sacraments, one receives grace, strength and comfort beyond our imagining.”
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Above: Bishop Burbidge celebrating Mass at Cardinal Gibbons High School during Catholic Schools Week.
Above and below: Students and faculty during celebration of Mass.
Below: Mr. Jason Curtis, CGHS Principal; Mr. Domenick Vellucci, CGHS Student Council President, Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Education; Mrs. Rosalie Innecelli, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services; and Board of Trustees members Mr. Richard Derrenbacher and Mr. Steven Zaytoun.