Welcome to Our Lady of Guadalupe

UPDATES as of 3/31/20:

Due to Covid 19 and the NC Governor’s Executive Order No. 121, the Parish Office and the Food Pantry are Closed until Further Notice.

You may leave a message at #910-594-0287 or ologoffice@aol.com.

If you have an Emergency, please call #704-425-5887.

Bishop Luis Zarama has Cancelled all Masses, Faith Formation Classes, Adoration, Meetings, Gatherings, Events, etc. until further notice.

 Our prayers are with you!

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Masses with Bishop Luis Zarama presiding will be held on Sunday, April 5th. The Spanish Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 AM and the English Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM. The link for these masses may be found on the diocesan website: dioceseofraleigh.org

Palms at Our Lady of Guadalupe

Father Al and Father Mark will bless our palms on Sunday, April 5th.

The palms will be available for pickup on Monday, April 6th, from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. The palms will be inside the main entrance of the Divine Mercy Center. Please only take one per family member. When picking up palms, please keep the safety of others in mind. Only one person should enter the building at a time and please keep within 6 feet or further from others. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available for your use.

UPDATE as of 3/16/20:

March 16, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is with sadness, but more importantly with the gift of hope, that I share this news with you.  Based on new guidance from state and national officials regarding the great need to further limit the numbers of people gathered, so as to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I have asked that all public daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Raleigh be suspended at this time until further notice.

This is an exceedingly difficult decision as your Bishop, given my love for you and more, what I know of your love for Our Lord. Yet, at this time, it is clear to me that as Catholics we need to make this sacrifice together with so many others out of our stewardship of the common good and out of our care to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters. 

Please join me in continuing prayer for all who in this moment are suffering, displaced, or experiencing fear, as well as all their family members, friends and healthcare professionals that care for them.

Most of all, let us together also seek the intercession of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Diocese of Raleigh and our nation, that in us Her faith in God may be confirmed, whose power forever seeks to cast down the mighty, lift up the lowly, and fill the hungry with good things.

With my gratitude in Christ,

+ Luis R. Zarama

Bishop of Raleigh

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, based on guidance from state health officials, has recommended the postponement or cancellation of large gatherings of 100 or more people.

Based on this directive, I am waiving the obligation for the faithful to attend Sunday Mass in the Diocese of Raleigh.

Please follow the guidance of our public health professionals. Please stay home from Mass or work or any public space if you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of sickness. Please exercise great caution in this regard for yourself and also out of charity for the health and wellbeing of others. Working together, we will move forward with care and with great hope, especially in this Lenten season when we are asked to trust more fully in God’s care and mercy.

I am not, however, issuing a diocesan-wide cancellation of all Masses for the following reasons: The celebration of the Eucharist is the life and foundation of our Church. As priests, we are obligated to celebrate the Eucharist just as we are obligated to be joyful shepherds and servants of the faithful. My brother priests and I will continue celebrating Mass in union with our Lord. We welcome the faithful with the understanding that, in the interest of their own health and that of their brothers and sisters, many may not be able to join with us in prayer during this time.

We will continue to monitor this current health crisis and seek direction and guidance from public health professionals in conducting the business of our daily lives. Public health officials are not recommending closures of K-12 schools at this time.

Please pray for each other, especially for those who are ill or afraid.

Please pray for healthcare professionals and for those whose daily lives are impacted by this situation.

Please also pray that our actions reflect to others the goodness of God and that together we can give His strength to all those who are suffering and burdened by this situation.

With my gratitude in Christ,

+ Luis R. Zarama
Bishop of Raleigh


Estimados hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,

El Gobernador de Carolina del Norte, Roy Cooper, en base a la guía de los oficiales de salud estatal ha recomendado el aplazamiento o cancelación de reuniones de 100 o más personas.

En base a esta directiva, estoy dispensando la obligación de los fieles de asistir a la misa del domingo en la Diócesis de Raleigh.

Por favor sigan las guías establecidas por nuestros profesionales de salud pública. Sean tan amables de permanecer en casa sin acudir a misa o a cualquier lugar público si están enfermos o tienen síntomas de enfermedad. Por favor procedan con mucha cautela en su persona y también como obra de caridad por la salud y bienestar de los demás. En colaboración conjunta, seguiremos adelante con cuidado y gran esperanza, especialmente en esta época de Cuaresma cuando se nos pide que confiemos más plenamente en el cuidado y misericordia de Dios.

Sin embargo, no estoy emitiendo una cancelación de todas las Misas a nivel de toda la diócesis, por los siguientes motivos: La celebración de la Eucaristía es la vida y el fundamento de nuestra Iglesia. Como sacerdotes, tenemos la obligación de celebrar la Eucaristía tal y como tenemos la obligación de ser felices pastores y servidores de los fieles.  Mis hermanos sacerdotes y yo continuaremos celebrando Misa en unión con Dios nuestro señor. Le damos la bienvenida a los fieles, a sabiendas de que teniendo en cuenta el mejor interés de la propia salud y la de sus hermanos y hermanas muchas personas posiblemente no podrán asistir para orar con nosotros en estos momentos.

Continuaremos vigilando esta crisis de salud actual y buscaremos las indicaciones y guías de nuestros profesionales de salud pública al conducir nuestras actividades comerciales de nuestra vida diaria. En este momento, los profesionales de salud pública no están recomendado el cierre de las escuelas de Kinder a 12º.

Por favor oren unos por otros, especialmente por aquellos que están enfermos o temerosos.

Por favor oren por los profesionales médicos y por aquellos cuyas vidas diarias se están viendo afectadas por esta situación.

También oremos porque nuestras acciones reflejen ante otros la bondad de Dios y que juntos podamos brindar la fortaleza del Señor a todos los que sufren y se sienten abrumados por esta situación.

Con mi gratitud en Cristo,

+ Luis R. Zarama
Obispo de Raleigh

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Announcements:

It is here. . . Road to the Cross!  The 148-year history of Our Lady of Guadalupe is now available in a 120-page book that traces how this rural Catholic church helped spread the faith across southeastern North Carolina, including the communities of Clinton, Dunn, Benson and Goldsboro. This keepsake book covers our shared history through reminiscences and photos of first church families, many still represented in the parish today, priests and religious who have served, and today’s many vibrant ministries.

Cost per copy: $25, if you stop by the parish office Mon.- Fri. from 8 am until 1 pm. OR to receive your book(s) by mail, send a check for $28.75 per book to: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, PO Box 100, Newton Grove, NC 28366. Be sure to include your mailing address so we can mail your copy. Email pagemaestro82@gmail.com with any questions.