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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Year of Saint Paul Closing Mass

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Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge brought the Year of Saint Paul to a close Sunday, June 28, with celebration of Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh.

Bishop Burbidge expressed hope that this past year has been a time to learn more about this great apostle who was truly one of the great pillars of the Church. He spoke of Saint Paul’s invitation to all to “live a life worthy of the call we have received.”

“If we are to live a life worthy of the calling we have received,” the Bishop said, “we must acknowledge those things in our lives still not of God; those patterns of living to which we cling that keep us from freely and wholeheartedly following the Lord.”

Reflecting on the suffering Saint Paul experienced in answering God’s call, Bishop Burbidge said, while we may not suffer in the same way, we all experience daily crosses. “Today, we offer to the Lord any of the crosses we are currently experiencing in life,” the Bishop added.

“At this Eucharist, at which we celebrate and share in the victory of Christ,” Bishop Burbidge said, “may we be renewed in … Jesus Christ, the One who guides us with His Word, forgives us of our sins and nourishes us with His Body and Blood.”

Above: Parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral at Mass to Close the Year of Saint Paul celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge.

Below: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrating Mass with concelebrants including Msgr. Jerry Sherba, Rector of the Cathedral; Father Salvatore Busichio, Vice-Rector; and Father Pius Wekesa.