The 26th annual World Day of the Sick takes place this Sunday 11 February, on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. To mark the Day, a special conference will be held in Saint Agnes’ Parish Pastoral Centre, Crumlin on Saturday 10 February on the theme ‘Developing a Dementia Friendly Parish’.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, will also celebrate a Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick in the St Agnes’ Church in Crumlin on Sunday.
Bishop Raymond Field, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, will lead the opening prayer at Saturday’s conference and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will offer the opening address.
The keynote speaker will be Professor Ciarán Donegan, senior geriatrician at Beaumont Hospital. Other speakers at the conference will include Jean Scanlan, dementia adviser with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and Paul Maloney, a clinical specialist in Occupational Therapy. Guests at the conference will hear of the dementia friendly services that are available in Crumlin parish.
At the close of the conference, guests will move to the St Agnes’ Parish Church for a concluding liturgy based on the Icon of the World Meeting of Families which will be present in the church over the weekend. Bishop Field will provide the closing address to conclude the day.
On Sunday 11 February, the sick, their families and their carers are invited to join at the Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick at 3.00 pm on in Saint Agnes’ Parish Church.
To coincide with the annual World Day of the Sick the Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published a renewed version of their very popular prayer book – ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90). The book of prayers and reflections for those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness, can be found on www.veritasbooksonline.com.
The Day of the Sick was instituted by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1992, who called it ‘a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering’. Pope Francis’ message for this year’s World Day of the Sick is on the theme ‘Mater Ecclesiae: “Behold, your son… Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (Jn 19:26-27).’ The full message can be found on www.dublindiocese.ie.