Day of the Sick

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The 26th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11 February 2018.

At 11:00 Sunday Mass on 11 February, the Navan branch of the diocesan Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes will participate in the 11:00 Sunday Mass.

They are one of the eight teams of stewards and helpers who provide practical, nursing and spiritual support to the many pilgrims who travel to Lourdes every year from 12-17 September. The 2018 pilgrimage will be the 70th Meath diocesan pilgrimage.

Refreshments will be served for former members of staff, former pilgrims and those who are interested in joining the Meath Pilgrimage team.

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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).

The Lord’s words brilliantly illuminate the mystery of the Cross, which does not represent a hopeless tragedy, but rather the place where Jesus manifests his glory and shows his love to the end.  That love in turn was to become the basis and rule for the Christian community and the life of each disciple. (Pope Francis)

In countries where health care systems are inadequate or non-existent, the Church seeks to do what she can to improve health, eliminate infant mortality and combat widespread disease.  Everywhere she tries to provide care, even when she is not in a position to offer a cure.  The image of the Church as a “field hospital” that welcomes all those wounded by life is a very concrete reality, for in some parts of the world, missionary and diocesan hospitals are the only institutions providing necessary care to the population. (§4 – Message of Pope Francis for 2018)

The full text of the message of Pope Francis is available here via the website of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.