Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral Mass Schedule

The Cathedral will be open to the public for weekend Masses only at this time while we put the finishing touches on it. Thank you for your patience!

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Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral Mass Schedule:

Saturday: 5 pm

Sunday: 7 am; 8:30 am Spanish; 10 am; 12 pm; 1:30 Spanish; 7 pm Catholic Campus Ministry

First Sunday 4:30 pm Forma Extrordinaria (Latin)

Deanery Masses: Each of our eight deaneries (regions within the diocese) will host a special Mass at the newly dedicated cathedral. Below is a list of the Mass times associated with each of our deaneries.

Albemarle Deanery Mass – 9/4/2017, 12:00 PM Postponed

Tar River Deanery Mass – 9/16/2017, 10:00 AM

Fayetteville Deanery Mass – 9/25/2017, 10:00 AM

Piedmont Deanery Mass – 9/30/2017, 10:00 AM

Newton Grove Deanery Mass – 10/9/2017, 10:00 AM

New Bern Deanery Mass – 10/9/2017, 12:00 PM

Cape Fear Deanery Mass – 10/21/2017, 10:00 AM

Raleigh Deanery Mass – 10/22/2017, 3:00 PM

Two thousand witness history at Cathedral dedication

/>The Diocese of Raleigh began the day with the smallest Catholic cathedral in the continental United States. But when the dedication of a new cathedral concluded, the diocese was home to one of the largest in the country.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, “[People] are going to walk into this cathedral to gather around this altar … from which they will receive the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. This is our home. This is our mother church … that will allow us to gather in great numbers.”

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, located in Raleigh, measures 44,000 square feet and has a seating capacity of 2,000.

Bishop Burbidge, currently bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, served as Raleigh’s bishop during most of the cathedral project and was principal celebrant at the dedication Mass.

Concelebrants seated at the altar included Cardinal Roger Mahony, retired archbishop of Los Angeles, Cardinal Justin Rigali, retired archbishop of Philadelphia, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, Bishop Luis Zarama, who will be installed as Raleigh’s sixth bishop on Aug. 29, and Monsignor Michael Shugrue, diocesan administrator.

More than 130 priests, 50 deacons, 15 seminarians attended the Mass. It began with the entrance hymn I Will Praise Your Name Forever, an original, 10-verse piece composed by Michael Accurso, director of liturgical music for the diocese. Based on Psalm 145, the hymn was sung in English, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Igbo, Korean, Tagalog, Latin and Swahili.

More than 20 musicians and 70 choristers were responsible for the harmonious sounds that emanated from the choir loft. The procession included a Knights of Columbus honor guard, comprised of more than 30 Knights from throughout the diocese.

The Mass included a ceremonial passing of a key to the cathedral. Representatives involved in the building of the cathedral presented a key to Bishop Burbidge who, in turn, passed it to his successor, Bishop Zarama.

Archbishop Pierre, who is the pope’s representative in the United States, read an official letter from the Vatican designating Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral as the mother church for the diocese. Dedicated in 1924, Sacred Heart, a 300-seat church in downtown Raleigh, previously served in that role.

“May your lives each day reveal the handiwork of God’s grace,” Archbishop Pierre said to the faithful.

As part of the dedication Mass, Bishop Burbidge blessed water, which he later used to sprinkle the faithful and purify both the walls and altar of the new cathedral.

“Bless this water; sanctify it,” he prayed. “As it is sprinkled upon us and throughout this church make it a sign of the saving waters of baptism … May all here today, and all those in days to come, who will celebrate your mysteries in this church, be united at last in the holy city of your peace.”

Two readers – parishioner Tricia Moylan and seminarian Noe Ramirez – presented the new lectionary, or book of Scripture, to Bishop Burbidge who showed it to the congregants.

In English, Ms. Moylan read from the Book of Nehemiah; Mr. Ramirez read in Spanish from the Book of Ephesians.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge spoke about the name of the new cathedral, noting that the property it sits on was once home to a Catholic orphanage. That orphanage had a chapel named Holy Name of Jesus.

“We knew that had to be the name,” Bishop Burbidge said.

He spoke about God’s holy name, urging the people of the diocese to always hold it in reverence. “I firmly believe that reverence for God’s holy name – never to be taken in vain – is a witness we all need to offer society now more than ever,” he said. “Dear Diocese of Raleigh, please renew that commitment today.”

Bishop Burbidge shared an experience he had Dec. 9, 2015 when he represented the diocese and presented the cathedral’s cornerstone to Pope Francis for a blessing.

In a lighthearted moment, he shared a challenge from that day. “The hardest part was trying to explain to the Swiss guard what I had in my hands,” he laughed, as the faithful joined in laughter.

“That cornerstone, now situated in our building, is a reminder of the truth we heard today [in Scripture]” he continued. “Our faith is built on a foundation … with Jesus Christ as the capstone.”

Bishop Burbidge also spoke about the future of the diocese and Bishop Zarama, who will serve as its next bishop. “In God’s divine plan, he has been entrusted with the pastoral care of this diocese,” Bishop Burbidge said.

The rite of dedication began with the Litany of the Saints, a Church tradition which asks the saints to support the faithful’s prayers to God.

Following the litany, relics were brought to the altars by former cathedral rectors Monsignor Shugrue, Monsignor Jerry Lewis, Monsignor Jerry Sherba and Father Daniel Oschwald and current rector Father Justin Kerber, C.P.

Bishop Burbidge enclosed the relics into the main altar, while Bishop Bernard “Ned” Shlesinger, III, newly-ordained auxiliary bishop of Atlanta and former Raleigh priest, did the same in the cathedral’s chapel. In all, 21 relics were deposited.

The Prayer of Dedication was offered, and those in attendance gave a resounding Amen to the bishop’s words.

Clad with a simple white waist apron over his chasuble, Bishop Burbidge rolled up his sleeves and anointed the main altar and church building with sacred chrism; Bishop Shlesinger anointed the chapel altar.

Alongside priest assistants Monsignor Brockman and Father Kerber, C.P., Bishop Burbidge anointed the walls in the form of a cross at twelve points throughout the cathedral. Incensation and lighting of the altar and the church followed.

About a dozen members of the parish and Catholic Center staff dressed the altar with linens and the sanctuary with floral arrangements that included greenery and white hydrangea. Five gift bearers, including a man who once lived at the orphanage that was formerly on the property, presented the gifts.

Many of the faithful gathered were moved to tears at moments, especially as a single beam of sunlight shined exclusively on the crucifix during Communion.

One attendee, Ginger Ward-Presson, a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes, said the Mass was the most beautiful she had ever attended.

“This was unbelievable … magnificent. In fact, it brings tears to your eyes. There were many moments, especially with the orchestra … I just think no words can describe it,” she said. “I think the liturgy was beautiful, touching, reflective. Just to be able experience this kind of liturgy, it’s momentous and also elegant and gracious. I think the cathedral is everything the bishop talked about and beyond.”

-Kate Turgeon Watson is the editor of NC Catholics magazine

Upon the Dedication of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral…

Holy Name of Jesus June 2017
The July 26th Dedication of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is approaching quickly. It will certainly be a day of joy and celebration for all in the Diocese of Raleigh.

This cathedral, our Mother Church, will be a place of worship for Catholics throughout the Diocese of Raleigh. Because there is a practical seating capacity, not everyone who wishes to attend will be able to participate in the Dedication.

The Diocese greatly desires to express appreciation to those who have supported the Cathedral Project through prayer and/or contribution. Therefore, there are two opportunities we hope you will consider.

First, there will be a live stream of the liturgy on the Diocese of Raleigh YouTube Channel for those who wish to view this historic ceremony. More information about this will be available closer to the Dedication date.

Second, each of our eight deaneries (regions within the diocese) will host a special Mass at the newly dedicated cathedral. Below is a list of the Mass times associated with each of our deaneries.

Albemarle Deanery Mass – 9/4/2017, 12:00 PM

Tar River Deanery Mass – 9/16/2017, 10:00 AM

Fayetteville Deanery Mass – 9/25/2017, 10:00 AM

Piedmont Deanery Mass – 9/30/2017, 10:00 AM

Newton Grove Deanery Mass – 10/9/2017, 10:00 AM

New Bern Deanery Mass – 10/9/2017, 12:00 PM

Cape Fear Deanery Mass – 10/21/2017, 10:00 AM

Raleigh Deanery Mass – 10/22/2017, 3:00 PM

To see which deanery your parish resides within, CLICK HERE.
(The deanery is listed below the parish name.)

We thank all who helped to bring the Cathedral to fruition, and we look forward to seeing you at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in the coming months.

Diocesan pilgrimage of the relic saints

Sacred relics of saints, to be placed in the main altar and the chapel altar at the dedication of Holy Name of Jesus, will be available for veneration at locations around the diocese from May 28- July 23.

The current list of saints for the pilgrimage are as follows:
The True Cross
Saint Peter the Apostle
Saint Paul the Apostle
Saint Reparatus
Saint Thomas Becket
Saint Gaudiosus
Saint Francis de Sales
Saint John Neumann
Saint Pope John Paul II
Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Bernardine of Siena
Saint Paul of the Cross
Saint John Vianney
Blessed Louis Brisson
Saint Jane Francis de Chantal
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Saint Gemma Galgani
Saint Leonie de Sales Aviat, OSFS

May 28 – June 4 Piedmont Deanery:
The relics will be available for Veneration in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Newman Catholic Student Center Parish

May 28 – June 04 Piedmont Newman Catholic Student Center, Chapel Hill
May 30 – private prayer, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with Mass at 12:30 pm
May 31 – private prayer, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm with Mass at 5:00 pm
June 1 – private prayer, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with Mass at 12:30 pm
June 2 – private prayer, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with Mass at 5:00 pm
June 3 – private prayer, 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm with Mass at 5:15 pm

June 05 – June 11 Fayetteville Deanery Parishes:
June 5 – Saint Mary Parish, Laurinburg
June 6 – Saint Elizabeth of Hungry Parish, Raeford
June 7 – Sacred Heart Parish, Pinehurst
June 8 – Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Southern Pines
June 9 – Saint Patrick Parish, Fayetteville
June 10 – Saint Patrick Parish, Fayetteville
June 11 – Saint Ann Parish, Fayetteville

June 12 – June 18 Newton Grove Deanery Parishes:
June 12 – Maria Reina Parish, Mount Olive
June 16 – Saint Mary of the Angels Parish, Mount Olive

June 19 – June 25 Cape Fear Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary, Wilmington
June 19 – Evening Prayer at 6:00 pm

June 26 – July 02 New Bern Deanery Parishes:
June 26 – Saint Paul, New Bern, Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm
June 28 – Old Saint Paul Church, New Bern, Mass with Knights of Columbus and men from throughout the deanery at 7:00 pm
June 29 – Old Saint Paul Church, New Bern, Mass with Catholic Daughters of the Americas and women from throughout the deanery at 7:00 pm
July 02 – Mother of Mercy, Washington, Mass at 12:30 pm

July 03 – July 09 Albemarle Deanery Parishes:
The relics will be available for Veneration at Holy Redeemer, Kitty Hawk
July 03 – Reception of the Relics
July 05 – Evening Prayer with reception to follow
Deanery parish pilgrimages during the week

July 10 – July 16 Tar River Deanery Parishes:
July 10 – Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rocky Mount, Mass and Solemn Vespers at 6:30 pm
July 11 – Saint John the Baptist, Roanoke Rapids, Holy Hour at 5:30 pm & Mass at 7:00 pm
July 12 – Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Raeford, Solemn Vespers in English at 6:00 pm and Mass in Spanish at 7 pm
July 13 – Saint Catherine of Siena, Tarboro, Mass at 6:30 pm
July 14 – Saint Gabriel, Greenville, Bilingual Mass, English and Spanish at 7:00 pm
July 15 – Saint Peter, Greenville, Mass at 5:00 pm
July 16 – Saint Therese, Wilson, weekend Masses at 8:30 am and 11:00 am in English, 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm in Spanish

July 17 – July 23 Raleigh Sacred Heart Cathedral: to be determined

Holy relic of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux:

The latest construction drone video:


from NC Catholics magazine March 2017


Part two of a four-part series

The Why Behind Saints and their Relics

By Aaron Sanders, Director of the Office of Divine Worship

The year was 155 A.D. In Smyrna, Christians were devastated by the death of their martyred Bishop Polycarp. It’s said that the Romans knew the people were heartbroken and wanted to keep them from venerating, or honoring, the bishop’s body. The Romans burned his body, but his flock collected his bones from the ashes. To the faithful, the remains were “more valuable than precious stones and finer than refined gold.”

Those bones were relics – which comes from the Latin for “remains.” And that story is one of the earliest references of the Church to the preservation of relics, whose place in Catholic spirituality has only grown throughout the centuries.

But why does the Church care about relics? It begins with the importance of the body.

Some believe that there is a more incidental connection between the soul and the flesh that is enlivened by the soul, such as the belief in reincarnation. For Catholics, there is understanding of the goodness of the material and that the body forms a key part of our human identity. The material and the spiritual, found in the body and the soul, are so intimately bound that even spiritual gifts God seeks to give to us are received through material means. Thus, we come to know God by seeing His glory reflected in creation, in hearing His Gospel proclaimed and in the celebration of the sacraments, which use water, oil, bread and wine.

Honoring the Body of a Saint

This reverence for the material also extends after death, especially for the body of those baptized, which, having served as “temples of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 6:19) in this life, are to be respected, especially so for those who have lived a life of heroic holiness, such as the saints.

The Intercessory Power of Prayer

The relics of the saints do more than remind us of our connection to holiness of life and our goal of union with God in heaven for all eternity. For centuries, by honoring the tombs of the saints, Christians have seen this reverence as an opportunity to give glory to God, as well as to seek the intercession of these saints, whose remains are a sign of their proximity to the life of the Church.

Early Christian history, including the eyewitness testimony of Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine, is filled with evidence of health restored and other transformations taking place at the tombs of the saints. Later in Church history, the Council of Trent (Sess. XXV) explained that “through [relics] many benefits are bestowed by God on human beings,” reaffirming the value of honoring the body of saints in seeking their intercession.

The Placement of Relics in an Altar

Although Christians throughout history visited tombs of saints at any time, it was also common for the community to gather at the grave of a martyr on the anniversary of death, which the Church celebrated as the date of their “birth” into eternal life. The Mass celebrated on these anniversaries provided a vivid reminder of the heavenly liturgy depicted in the Book of Revelation. Within that vision, Jesus appears as the Lamb who was slain, sacrificed for our sake, while the martyrs are present beneath the altar, as sharers in their Savior’s sacrifice. Over time, the Church grew to appreciate this biblical image so significantly that the Second Council of Nicaea (A.D. 787) decreed that every altar should contain a relic from a martyr.

Further Developments

But the body of a saint is not all that each have “left behind” as relics. Objects used by them during their earthly lives may also be venerated and provide miraculous intervention. Indeed, the Bible shows that a saint need not even have used the item in question, since cloths and aprons that had merely touched the Apostle Paul were associated with miraculous cures and exorcisms (Acts 19:12).

As the increase in the number of churches made it difficult to provide the body of a martyr for every altar, some parts of the Christian world began to use not the body itself, but a cloth that had been allowed to rest on the tomb of a martyr for a certain length of time. Other churches resorted to breaking the fracturing of the remains of the martyrs in order to share these among a number of altars. In more modern times, the requirements were relaxed to allow for use of relics from saints who were not martyred and then the requirement dropped altogether if the alternative would be further fragmentation of the remains of the saints.

The Relics to be Placed in Altar of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

Today, when a churches is constructed or a new altar dedicated, relics are still placed within the altar. As we dedicate our new Cathedral, Bishop Burbidge will entomb beneath its altar a number of relics which will reflect this ancient practice of the Church throughout the ages.

Relics from three martyrs will be placed in the main altar: Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Thomas Becket, as well as a portion of the tomb of Saint Peter from beneath the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome. A relic from Saint John Paul II will also join each of these relics of the martyrs. Additionally, two objects intimately connected with the sacrifice of Christ will be placed in the altar: a relic from the Cross on which Our Lord and a relic from the mensa on which He celebrated the Last Supper.

An opportunity for the faithful throughout our Diocese to venerate these relics of the saints prior to their placement during the dedication of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is currently being planned. Watch for more details as we join in prayer that these remains of the greatest saints of the Church may prove a source of many graces and blessings for our Diocese whenever we gather and for all those as well who will visit our new Cathedral seeking to encounter God in their life.

Honor and Memorial Opportunities Available

A letter from Bishop Burbidge:

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The building of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is truly historic. Awaiting the completion of construction, I am filled with joyful anticipation. Please be assured of my continued prayers that this sacred place will be a spiritual home for Catholics across Eastern North Carolina.

At this time, you are invited to participate in the Honor and Memorial Opportunities, through which your family or a loved one can be remembered. There are various levels in which you can contribute. For generations to come, your legacy could be made evident to all who come to pray and worship at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.
May God continue to bless you and your family.

Sincerely in Christ,
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

Join the faithful who are remembering loved ones with a gift to Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. Through honor and memorial opportunities, your family and loved ones will have a special place in the new cathedral for generations. Support this historic project through the gift of religious art or liturgical items, which will have a lasting presence in a most sacred space. Contribution levels vary. Browse the catalog below to view items for Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in greater detail.

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To learn more, contact Greg Leitner, 919-821-9721 or greg.leitner@raldioc.org.

WRAL: Massachusetts organ to fill Raleigh cathedral with music

Organ builders with the C.B. Fisk Company in Gloucester, Ma. are in the process of building an elaborate pipe organ that will be used in the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic cathedral when it is completed next spring.

New Hymn Composed for Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

Bishop Burbidge commissioned Mr. Michael Accurso, Director of our Diocesan Office of Liturgical Music, to compose a hymn for the dedication of our new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. The hymn entitled, “I Will Praise Your Name Forever,” is now complete and will be introduced as part of the liturgical music repertoire in our parishes throughout the coming year in preparation for it to be sung during the entrance procession for the Mass of Dedication for our new Cathedral on July 26, 2017 and in future diocesan events.

The hymn will be available in the eight languages that represent the diverse cultures which contribute to the life of our Diocese: English, Spanish, French, Swahili, Igbo, Vietnamese, Korean, and Tagalog.

Please note that the refrain of the hymn is listed in English, so that all of the faithful of our Diocese may fully participate when this hymn is sung for the Mass of Dedication and other Diocesan events.

Dedication date announced for Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

On August 5, 2016, the Most Reverend Bishop Michael F. Burbidge announced on Facebook Live that Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will be dedicated on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and the Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, will be present.

Bishop Burbidge expressed deep gratitude for all who stepped out in faith to make this project a reality that will unite us as a diocesan family.