Mass for World Day of the Sick
The theme for this year’s Day of the Sick is provided by the words that Jesus spoke from the Cross to Mary, his Mother, and to John: “Woman, behold your son … Behold your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (Jn 19:26-27).
On next Friday evening the 9th February, as we prepare to mark World Day of the Sick on Sunday, there will be a special Mass for all who are ill at home or in hospitals at 7.30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
The names of those whom people would like to have prayed for can be put into the Prayer Box before Mass.
This box will be left in the corridor as people enter the chapel and will then be presented at the beginning of the Mass.
All are welcome to join us for this special celebration.
About World Day of the Sick
Pope John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. The Pope himself had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s a year before, in 1991, and it is considered that his own illness was impetus for his designation of the day.
World Day of the Sick was first observed on February 11, 1993. February 11 is also the Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which a name is given to the Virgin Mary in honor of the apparitions that were said to have been seen in and around Lourdes, France, by a young girl called Bernadette Soubirous. The Church canonized Bernadette as a saint several years later.
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