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February 29, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
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Thoi Nguyen, 78, seated, and his wife, Hoi Pham, of Alameda, are greeted by Bishop Barber after the Mass.

Mass for the Sick draws big crowd

Above, Catherine Kim, a member of St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek, is one of the many Order of Malta members who assisted at the event, here passing out small bottles of Lourdes water. Below, Rev. Msgr. Antonio Valdivia greets a young boy.

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, assisted by a dozen priests and members of the Order of Malta and about 300 people took part in the World Day of the Sick Mass on Feb. 6 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.

Rick Medeiros

World Day of the Sick, initiated by Pope St. John Paul II and held annually worldwide near the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, is a ministry of the Diocese of Oakland. The annual event invites those who are sick or ill and their families, caregivers and health care providers to Mass, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, blessing of caregivers and health care providers, distribution of holy water from Lourdes, France, and a reception.

Martina Carrillo and her daughter accompanied Gustavo Carrillo, 64, who suffered a stroke 13 years ago. Bishop Barber personally greeted and blessed the Carrillo family of Livermore, and many others, after the event. Gustavo Carrillo was visibly moved. Martina Carrillo said it was the first time they had attended the Day of the Sick. Martina Carrillo said the family has a lot of faith in God. "If He wants my husband to heal, He will, and if not, I beg Him to give me health to continue caring for him."

Rick Medeiros, president of the Oakland chapter of the Order of Malta, said his chapter has about 50 members who annually put on the Day of the Sick. "We had a nice turnout this year. We want people who came to spread the word between family and friends of those who are sick so we can increase the number next year.

"It's always very well supported by the bishop. The order helps support dioceses all in the Western U.S., doing these Masses for the Sick. It's not just here but also in San Francisco, San Jose and all the Bay Area plus Southern California, and all over the Western U.S."

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