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Bishop Burbidge Extends Lenten Message

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Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2010, marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge encourages Catholics in the Diocese of Raleigh to prepare their hearts to receive spiritual renewal through God’s amazing grace. Catholics prepare through the three classic Lenten observances: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

In his Lenten letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh, Bishop Burbidge encourages the faithful to: “Seek ways to allow more time for daily prayer and meditation. Fast so that you are reminded of your utter reliance on God’s goodness. Participate in works of charity that express your care for the poor and needy and that show your belief in the sacredness of all human life.”

On Tuesday, March 30, at 2:00 pm, the Bishop will celebrate the Chrism Mass at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cary. All are invited to join Bishop Burbidge in this celebration. The Lenten journey culminates in the most Sacred Triduum which begins on Holy Thursday with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, is continued through Good Friday with the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord and reaches its high point on Holy Saturday with the Easter Vigil Mass.