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FROM:            Rev. Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General
RE:                  Funeral Arrangements for Rev. J. Douglas Lawson

On behalf of the Most Rev. Luis Rafael Zarama, the following are the funeral arrangements for Rev. J. Douglas Lawson, a retired priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, who died at his residence in Southern Pines on January 14, 2022.

The Reception of the Body and the Vigil for the Deceased will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport, North Carolina. The Reception of the Body will take place at 5:00 pm followed by the visitation. The Vigil for the Deceased will then be celebrated at 6:00 pm, with the Very Reverend John E. McGee, O.S.F.S., VF, presiding. Clergy vesting for the Vigil are respectfully requested to wear cassock and surplice. Following the liturgy, the visitation will continue and conclude at 7:00 pm.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport, with the Most Rev. Luis Rafael Zarama, Principal Celebrant and the Rev. Msgr. John J. Williams, Homilist. Priests and Deacons vesting for the celebration of the Mass are respectfully requested to bring alb, cincture, and your Diocesan vestment and under stole.

(Mass will be live-streamed – see “View Mass” above / Bio is below under News…)

Burial will be in Southport on a later date.

Mass cards and condolences may be sent to:
Family of Reverend J. Douglas Lawson
c/o Sacred Heart Catholic Church
5269 Dosher Cutoff SE
Southport, NC 28461

Kindly continue to remember Father Lawson among your intentions, especially at Mass, as well as his family, his many friends and all those who are in mourning at this time.

Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Priests and Saint John Vianney, may Father Lawson know this day, the fullness of joy in the heavenly liturgy before the Risen Christ and the peace of God’s Eternal Kingdom.

(see News & Events below for updates, special schedules, etc.)

(see Bulletin for Fr. Thanh’s Mailbox)


(Note:  The left front of the church by the choir area will continue to distance &
mask for anyone who is at higher risk or has not received COVID vaccinations.)

Reconciliation:  4:00 pm Saturdays or by appointment

(Office/Church hours Mon.-Thur. 9:30-2:00 and Fridays 9:30-12:00)

Saturday 5:00p
Sunday 8:30 (also live-streamed) & 11:00a
9:00a Communion Service & Novena
Tues., Wed. & Thursday 9:00a
Friday 12:00 noon
Most Holy Days 10:00a and 6:00p

News and Events

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Fr. Doug Lawson 1933-2022

Fr. Doug Lawson 1933-2022

Start date: January 21, 2022 - End date: February 28, 2022

Rev. Joseph Douglas Lawson Pastor Emeritus SH Pastor 1997 – Retired 2005 Born August 31, 1933 – Died January 14, 2022…