By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News
The World Day of The Sick is celebrated each year on Feb. 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Pope Francis’ 2020 message for the World Day of the Sick focuses on the scriptural theme: “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). In his message, Pope Francis urges that “what is needed is a personalized approach to the sick not just of curing, but also of caring in view of an integral human healing.”
Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of the Sick 2020 is available at the Vatican website:
The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) has again prepared resources for local parishes, including a blessing for those who work and serve in health care, and prayer intentions for the sick and suffering, for health care providers and caregivers, for those pursuing studies in health care fields, for administrators and government representatives, and for hospital chaplains and those providing spiritual care to the sick.
“Ultimately, Catholic health care ministry is an activity of the whole Church – responding to human suffering and caring for the well-being of the whole person. Together, we build a faith community that is continuing the healing ministry of Jesus,” the resource affirms.