This Sunday we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Sick which is celebrated each year on the Sunday closest to the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes on the 13th February.  The World Day of Prayer reminds us of the very special place that the sick had in the life of Christ.  No one who has ever read the gospels could ever question his compassion for the sick.  His concern for those who were suffering in mind or body or spirit is imprinted on every page and in every encounter. As followers of Christ we are called to follow his example of care and compassion for all those who suffer sickness and ill-health. Our care of the sick is one of the most powerful ways in which we can witness Christian love and must always be a corner-stone of our faith.   This weekend we offer our heart-felt prayers for all who are sick in our community and our world.  We commit ourselves once more to caring for them and supporting them in their time of illness and we acknowledge the extraordinary service of so many people in our community who each day are living examples of loving care to the sick: families caring for loved ones at home; home-helps; doctors, nurses and carers in our hospitals, hospices and nursing homes; volunteers caring for neighbours and people within our community.  Your service enables and enriches the life of our community and we pray God’s blessing for you and all those for whom you care.

To mark this special day we will celebrate a Service of Healing and Blessing for the Sick and Carers in St Mary’s Church, Passage West at 3.00 p.m. If you need healing in body or mind, if your spirit needs refreshing, if your soul needs rest, please come and join us in asking God’s blessing and grace.                Fr Seán