On the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes 2017, the Church will celebrate the 25th World Day of the Sick. This gives all of us the opportunity to pray together, to think especially of those who are sick or have a disability, and for those who care for them.
When instituting the World Day of the Sick in May 1992, Pope John Paul II said the universal Church should prepare to celebrate this day with a renewed spirit of service to one another. He said that the day seeks to involve all people of goodwill: “the basic questions posed by the reality of suffering and the appeal to bring both physical and spiritual relief to the sick do not concern believers alone, but challenge the whole of humanity.” Pope John Paul II went on to say that the first World Day of the Sick would be held on the 11th February 1993 and should be celebrated every year thereafter on that day, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
And this brings us to 2017, the 25th World Day of the Sick. How should we mark this day? In his message about the day, Pope Francis says: “Illness, above all grave illness, always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep. Our first response may at times be one of rebellion: Why has this happened to me? We can feel desperate, thinking that all is lost, that things no longer have meaning…
One of our pilgrims has written a poem about her experience this year in Lourdes. She has kindly agreed to allow us to publish it on the website.
If you normally travel to Lourdes, but are not for whatever reason able to be there this year. A Mass is being held for pilgrims just like you to get together and experience some of the atmosphere and friendship of the Pilgrimage.01/08/15 Our Lady of Lourdes Church
This years music practice is at St Bernadette's Church Tillgate this Sunday 19th July between 12 and 6.
Please bring with you:
- A packed lunch to eat before we start at 1pm
- A Pencil
- A Music Stand – if you are an instrumentalist
St. Cuthman's is the Diocesan Retreat Centre in Coolham. It has some interesting upcoming events this Autumn & Winter.St Cuthman's
All Catholic Doctors, Nurses & other workers in Healthcare are invited to a Mass followed by coffee.
If you would like to know more about this, or any other event the diocese arrange especially for Healthcare Professionals, please contact Susan O'Brien, Dialogue & Unity Adviser08/11/14 The Friary
A fascinating insight into Bernadette's life before, during, and after the Apparitions written by John Sexton
The daily prayer of the pilgrimage
To advertise our new CD 'Playlist of our Hearts' a few Redshirts made their way down to Brighton beach for an afternoon of Evangelisation and other fun and games! Many thanks to Michael Desbruslais for filming us and spending his time putting this together for us, we hope this makes you smile.