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Bishop Burbidge celebrates Spanish Mass at Cathedral

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Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated the Spanish Mass Dec. 11 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More on the Third Sunday of Advent. Father Christopher Christiansen, parochial vicar at the cathedral, was the homilist.


At the Mass, Bishop Burbidge issued a statement on immigration.


“My brothers and sisters, I am very happy to be with you and greet you as your new bishop in the Diocese of Arlington,” Bishop Burbidge said. “Today is one of joy as we honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and also celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent.


“Yet, like Juan Diego, you may have fear or worry in your hearts especially at this time in our nation,” he said.  “So please know that my brother bishops and I will continue to be your voice to our elected officials as we strongly advocate for a comprehensive immigration plan that is fair and just and respectful of families and of the dignity of each person.


“Please pray for your bishops and remember what Mary told Juan Diego: have courage and trust in her prayers and protection. Thank you for the gifts you are to our church and our nation. May Our Lady of Guadalupe watch over and protect you always.”


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016