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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Opening Mass for Cardinal Gibbons High School

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The opening Mass for the new school year at Cardinal Gibbons High School was celebrated by Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge on Thursday, September 3. Seventeen priests were in attendance. This year’s enrollment at the Diocesan Catholic high school is approximately 1,200 students.

Bishop Burbidge challenged the students to “go out into the deep,” borrowing from the Gospel reading of the day. He cautioned them that they will often be told by peers that challenges they face are impossible to overcome. He reminded them that as followers of Jesus, “We believe differently. That nothing is impossible with God.” 

Noting the feast day of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop Burbidge spoke of the Saint’s advice when it comes to concerns for things such as exaggerated need for grades, honors and popularity. Saint Gregory said, “Be not anxious about what you have, but about who you are.”

Bishop Burbidge said statements such as, “It is impossible,” “It is not practical,” “I just cannot do it,” are words often spoken by those who fail to trust in the miraculous power of the Lord. He encouraged them to “Go out into the deep. Do not be afraid!


Above: Bishop Burbidge receiving photograph from Cardinal Gibbons High School student leaders. From left to right: Robert DiDomenico, secretary of the executive student council; Austin Hardy, treasurer of the executive student council; Thomas Graham, president of the executive student council; Andrew Jordan; vice president of the executive student council.