February 11th – World Day of the Sick / Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes / Relic
February 11th, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes!
This feast also brings us World Day of the Sick, introduced by Pope Saint John Paul II as a way for the faithful to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses.
Because it is the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, the first class relic of Saint Bernadette will be available for veneration at the conclusion of the 12:15PM Mass at the Shrine.
Pope Francis’ Prayer for World Day of the Sick 2017:
Dear brothers and sisters – the sick, healthcare workers and volunteers – I ask you to join me in praying to Mary. May her maternal intercession sustain and accompany our faith, and obtain for us from Christ her Son hope along our journey of healing and of health, a sense of fraternity and responsibility, a commitment to integral human development and the joy of feeling gratitude whenever God amazes us by His fidelity and His mercy.
Mary, our Mother,
in Christ you welcome each of us as a son or daughter.
Sustain the trusting expectation of our hearts,
succour us in our infirmities and sufferings,
and guide us to Christ, your Son and our brother.
Help us to entrust ourselves to the Father who accomplishes great things.
To read Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of the Sick 2017, click here to go to the VATICAN WEBSITE .