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The bishop of Raleigh will make his first visit to Wilson’s St. Therese Catholic Church on Tuesday to preside over the 7 p.m. Mass commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama was installed as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh in August. The diocese includes 54 eastern North Carolina counties with a population of more than 500,000 Catholics, about two-thirds of whom are Hispanic immigrants.
A native of Pasto, Colombia, he was ordained as priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and before his appointment to Raleigh, served for eight years as auxiliary bishop of Atlanta. Bishop Zarama will greet those in attendance in a reception following the 7 p.m. feast day Mass.
RECONCILIATION, SONG SERVICE
The Catholic community of Wilson and surrounding towns will gather at 7 p.m. today to observe the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Therese.
Attendees are invited to make amends for personal failures and sins and receive God’s merciful forgiveness and a fresh start as their spiritual Christmas gift.
Eight priests will be stationed around the church interior to administer absolution to those humbly confessing their sins.
At 11 p.m. Monday, the church will feature prayers and hymns in Spanish. Mañanitas is a lyrical serenade in Spanish to greet the Virgin of Guadalupe at the beginning of her feast day. Hot chocolate and sweet breads will follow.