More than 650 medical professionals, families and friends took part in a White Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, October 18, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill. A White Mass recognizes men and women who care for the sick and infirm and those who provide pastoral care.
Concelebrating with the Bishop were Msgr. David Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese; Fr. John Durbin, Pastor of St. Thomas More; Fr. Romen Acero, Parochial Vicar of St. Thomas More; Fr. Dan Oschwald, Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Raleigh; Fr. Raymond Donaldson, SJ, Pastor of Holy Cross, Durham; and Fr. Scott McCue, Assistant Principal for Spiritual Life at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge asked those in attendance, “What would we do without you?”
“In the living out of your privileged vocation and work,” the Bishop said, “you daily encounter those who are weak and find life burdensome due to the sufferings they are experiencing. With your expertise and countless skills, you strive to alleviate their burdens. In and through you, they discover the abiding presence of the Lord our God, the One who alone can heal them.”
The Bishop urged the congregation to remember that they go forth with “the Lord’s power, the Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Life. Surely, you must continue to develop your expertise, skills and knowledge so that you can cooperate with the amazing grace God offers to you. Yet, the healing and cures you wish to provide do not rely solely on you. Thus, you must pray fervently, seeking the assistance of the Divine Physician. You must entrust your work and efforts and your patients to the providential care of the One who alone can bring new life.”
Following the Mass and preceding a reception in the new parish hall, Dr. Jacques Mistrot, one of the organizers of the event, asked those attending to leave contact information so that they might be informed by the Diocese about future events of significance to health-care professionals.
Above: Medical professionals, joined by families and friends, at annual White Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge.
Above: Choir members and musicians assisting in the White Mass liturgy.
Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge bestowing a blessing on medical professionals and health-care providers.