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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates All Souls Day Mass at Parish Cemetery

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass on the Feast of All Souls Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Newton Grove, as he has each year since his installation as the fifth Bishop of Raleigh. The liturgy was conducted at an altar constructed in 1994 near the burial site of Bishop Vincent S. Waters, third Bishop of Raleigh. Sixteen diocesan priests and one religious are also buried in the parish cemetery. Nineteen priests of the Diocese concelebrated the Mass, including Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General, and Father Patrick Keane, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Prior to the 11:00 a.m. Mass, Bishop Burbidge noted on Twitter, “We believe in the communion of all the faithful:  pilgrims on earth; dead being purified and the blessed in Heaven--all forming one Church!”

He reiterated that truth in his homily, noting that the living are pilgrims on earth. He explained, “Today, in a special way, we are reminded that our life here and now is merely a journey to the dwelling place the Lord has prepared for us from the beginning of time. It is our sacred duty,” he continued, “to pray for the dead being purified as we do today for Bishop Waters, our beloved priests and all of the faithful departed. We pray that they may be forgiven of all their sins and enjoy the fullness of life in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Following Mass, the priests and faithful in attendance followed Bishop Burbidge in procession as he blessed the gravesites of Bishop Waters, the deceased priests and all who are buried in the cemetery. During the procession, Bishop Burbidge carried the crosier of Bishop Waters.

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Diocesan priests during procession and blessing of graves at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church cemetery in Newton Grove.

Below: Faithful gathered for celebration of Mass for Deceased Clergy on the Feast of All Souls Day.