Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh was the setting for the celebration of Mass commemorating the 20th Annual World Day of Prayer for the Sick. The Mass, held on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, was celebrated by The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge on February 11, 2012. Concelebrating were Fr. John Forbes, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Fr. David Chiantella, Lourdes’ Parochial Vicar.
During the liturgy, the faithful pray for the sick. Individuals who are suffering with serious health problems, able to attend the liturgy, receive the “Anointing of the Sick.”
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge recalled the impact of a visit to Lourdes, Fance, on the pilgrims to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain. “We are not in France today,” the Bishop said, “but we are in this church, in this sacred place called Lourdes. And we are united in our love for Mary and our faith in Jesus Christ and His saving power. Such faith is at the heart of all the miracles of Jesus recorded in Sacred Scripture.”
The Bishop also thanked and commended “all those in our Diocese who have dedicated their lives to taking care of the sick: physicians, nurses, hospice, health care and pastoral care workers and family members devoted to their loved ones. In a special way, I thank our Priests, Sisters and extraordinary ministers who bring our Eucharistic Lord to those in hospitals, nursing homes and to those who are homebound.
“You bring them the greatest miracle,” the Bishop said, “the presence of Jesus in His most precious Body and sacred Blood.”
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