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placeholder  February 21, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Knights and Dames of Malta, from left, Bob Tiernan, Scott Tiernan, Jack Hockel, Katherine
Glaessner, Maura Clougher, Betty Ann Lambert, Herm Carmassi and Marty Lavin.
JOSÉ LUIS AGUIRRE PHOTOS

The fourth annual Mass and anointing of the sick is sponsored by the Knights of Malta.

World Day of the Sick

At a special Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland those who are ill and their caregivers were anointed on Feb. 11, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, also designated as World Day of the Sick.

The fourth annual event was organized by the Order of Malta. The dames of Malta gave away small bottles of holy water from the spring at Lourdes in France, brought back by members of the Order of Malta after their pilgrimage there last May.

In 1992, Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick as 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 Order of Malta was formed to serve the sick, and assists with many charities in the area, including a medical clinic in the cathedral center.


Family, friends and caregivers leave the Mass on World Day of the Sick.

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