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Annual Hispanic Heritage Mass Celebrated in Greenville

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The diversity of the Diocese of Raleigh and the diversity within Hispanic culture were on display at the annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Saturday, October 9, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Greenville. More than 600 people from throughout the Diocese attended the celebration, which took the theme “That All Have Life in Him.” The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, celebrated the Mass in Spanish, and Reverend Carlos N. Arce, Diocesan Vicar for Hispanics, was the homilist.

Each year, the Mass is celebrated in one of the eight deaneries of the 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 dedicated work ethic. People from 20 Latin American countries reside in the Diocese of Raleigh. Many in attendance wore native dress from their homeland.

At the conclusion of Mass, Bishop Burbidge thanked those in attendance for the gift they are to the Diocese and reassured them of his resolve to work both in the Diocese and with his fellow Bishops on a national level to create justice for immigrants.

A display of each country represented was featured and included items such as flags, maps, religious articles and cloth pieces.

A reception with music and displays showing the culture of different countries throughout Lain America followed the Mass.


Above: Faithful gathering prior to Annual Diocesan Hispanic Heritage Mass celebrated at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Greenville.

Below: Table display of religious and cultural items from Peru.