The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Venerable John Paul II in 1992 as, in his words, “a special time of 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 who, by suffering, dying, and rising, achieved the salvation of mankind.” The Little Sisters and our staff strive to see the face of Christ in each of our Residents and each other every day. On this day, we set aside some time to come together, Little Sisters, Residents and staff to pray as a family.
Everyone was offered the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during Mass. Later in the afternoon we prayed the Rosary as we processed around our chapel and vestibule carrying candles. The Rosary was recited in English and Spanish in honor of the rich Hispanic heritage represented by many of our Residents and staff. After the Rosary everyone placed their candle, along with their special intentions, around the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. Each staff member and Little Sister was invited to have their hands blessed with holy water from Lourdes, as a renewal of our dedication to serve with dignity and Christ-like care, each of our Residents.