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Mass to Mark World Day of the Sick


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SAN DIEGO — The Order of Malta and the diocesan Office for Life, Peace and Justice invite the community to celebrate the World Day of the Sick Mass, in observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The Mass, with Cardinal Robert W. McElroy as the celebrant, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at Good Shepherd Parish in Mira Mesa. It will be bilingual in English and Spanish and will include the anointing of the sick, a blessing of the hands of caregivers, and a blessing with Lourdes water. Everybody is welcome, especially those in need of mental, psychological, physical and spiritual healing and comfort.

There will also be a celebration of the third anniversary of the Caring for the Whole Person Initiative, a statewide initiative of California’s bishops and the Catholic healthcare system that equips parishes to serve the sick and dying with support and referrals to community resources. The initiative launched in the parishes three years ago.

The World Day of the Sick Mass will also be livestreamed at

For more information about the event, contact Maria L. Valencia at or (858) 490-8323.

Additional information about the Caring for the Whole Person Initiative is available at

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