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Annual Hispanic Heritage Mass Celebrated in Elizabeth City

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More than six hundred people turned out Saturday, October 10, for the Diocese of Raleigh Annual Hispanic Heritage Mass, celebrated this year at Holy Family Church in Elizabeth City. Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge presided at the liturgy. Father Carlos Arce, Diocesan Vicar for Hispanics, was the homilist. This year’s theme was “United in Christ, The Faithfulness of Priests.”

Each year, the Mass is celebrated in one of the eight deaneries of the Diocese. This was the first time it was held in the Albemarle Deanery, which is the northeastern part of the 54-county Diocese.

The annual Mass recognizes and pays tribute to the many gifts Hispanic immigrants bring to the Church and communities throughout the Diocese. The celebration highlights the rich faith of the Hispanic people, their strong family values and their dedication work ethic.

In his homily to the overflow gathering, Father Arce talked about the family of God, connecting it to the celebration of the “Year for Priests.” He explained that Priests are instruments of God, called to serve our Heavenly Father and His people.

The Heritage Mass attracted people from parishes throughout the Diocese with people coming from as far away as Saint Julia Church in Siler City, which is the furthest location in the Diocese from Elizabeth City.

Above: Bishop Burbidge celebrating Diocesan Annual Hispanic Heritage Mass at Holy Family Church in Elizabeth City.