The fifth annual World Day of the Sick will honor the ill and their caregivers at a special Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland at 10 a.m. Feb. 8.
Persons living with any serious or acute illness and their families and caregivers are invited to participate.
This World Day of the Sick will include Mass presided by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, the Sacrament of the Sick, a blessing of caregivers and health care providers, the distribution of holy water from the Marian shrine at Lourdes, France and a reception.
World Day of the Sick was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1992 and is held annually worldwide on the date nearest the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Feb. 11. The event is a ministry of the Diocese of Oakland and is supported by the Order of Malta.
The Cathedral of Christ the Light is at 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. No RSVP is necessary. For more information: www.oakdiocese.org/WDS.
Members of the Order of Malta will be available to assist with special mobility requirements. Please arrive at the cathedral by 9:30 a.m. to assure seating. Free parking will be available in the cathedral garage with a 3-hour limit. Beyond three hours, the charge will be the Saturday flat rate of $5. There are also pay parking lots nearby and the 19th Street BART station is approximately three blocks from the cathedral.
The Order of Malta serves the sick, and assists with many charities, including a medical clinic in the cathedral center.
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