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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Catechetical Sunday Mass

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September 19th marked the celebration of Catechetical Sunday in parishes throughout the United States.  The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass on the occasion at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Hope Mills. Catechetical Sunday serves as a reminder of the responsibility each Catholic has to continually grow in faith and to share their gifts in helping to form the faith life of others.

This year’s theme “Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring Love” focuses on one of the five priorities established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is one of the seven priorities set forth in the Diocese of Raleigh’s Pastoral Plan. “Matrimony is a Sacrament because it is a visible and powerful sign of the way Jesus loves His bride the Church,” Bishop Burbidge said in his homily. “I express profound thanks to all the married couples in Church today and throughout our Diocese for the way you live daily the beautiful vocation God has entrusted to you.” 

Bishop Burbidge also noted how married couples are the primary teachers of the faith to their children. “This is the responsibility that parents accept on the day they bring their children forth for baptism,” the Bishop said. “You fulfill that commitment through the example of a vibrant faith that is treasured and practiced on a consistent basis.”

Bishop Burbidge expressed his gratitude to the many Catholic educators, faith formation directors and catechists who generously give their time talents and gifts in the service to the Church.  “Dear Lord,” the Bishop prayed, “please bless all married couples, parents, Catholic educators, faith formation directors, catechists and all of us in this important ministry, today and always.

At the conclusion of Mass, the Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis presented the Mary Dowling Master Catechist of the Year Award to Ms. Camille Grupy, a parishioner at Good Shepherd Church.  (See story on award presentation.)