The World Day of the Sick is observed each year on February 11 which is the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. The day was instituted over 30 years ago by Saint Pope John Paul II and is a day of awareness intended for “prayer and sharing of offering one’s suffering for the good of the Church and of reminding everyone to see in his sick brother or sister the face of Christ” … Pope John Paul II (21 October 1992) “Message of the Holy Father Pope John Paul II for the First Annual World Day of the Sick In observance of the “World Day of the Sick”, on Sunday, February 12, we will have an opportunity for the Anointing of the Sick after the 10:30 Mass here at Saint Columba.
Also on this day, a special Holy Hour of Prayer for the sick and those who care for them will take place at St. Joseph Church in Danville begin-ning at 11:45 a.m. (Additionally, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered in the church immediately after each Mass this weekend, and will occur right before this Holy Hour). Physicians, Nurses and medical professionals are particularly encouraged to attend to pray for the patients for which they care. The Holy Hour will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Scripture readings, prayers and a homily by Fr. Timothy Marcoe, followed by Benediction.