On the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes 2017, the Church will celebrate the 25th World Day of the Sick. This gives all of us the opportunity to pray together, to think especially of those who are sick or have a disability, and for those who care for them.
When instituting the World Day of the Sick in May 1992, Pope John Paul II said the universal Church should prepare to celebrate this day with a renewed spirit of service to one another. He said that the day seeks to involve all people of goodwill: “the basic questions posed by the reality of suffering and the appeal to bring both physical and spiritual relief to the sick do not concern believers alone, but challenge the whole of humanity.” Pope John Paul II went on to say that the first World Day of the Sick would be held on the 11th February 1993 and should be celebrated every year thereafter on that day, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
And this brings us to 2017, the 25th World Day of the Sick. How should we mark this day? In his message about the day, Pope Francis says: “Illness, above all grave illness, always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep. Our first response may at times be one of rebellion: Why has this happened to me? We can feel desperate, thinking that all is lost, that things no longer have meaning…
The Arundel and Brighton Pilgrimage Vision: "Love in action"
We pray for all deceased pilgrims
The Almighty has done great things for me
We have a practice day before we go to Lourdes to give you a flavour of the type of music we have for this year. We try to have music to suit a wide range of ability of instrumentalists and in the keys needed for transposing instruments such as trumpets, horns, viola, etc. It is helpful if you can let us know your instrument and ability before we go so we can prepare music for you.16/07/17 St Bernadette Church
One of our pilgrims has written a poem about her experience this year in Lourdes. She has kindly agreed to allow us to publish it on the website.
Music plays an integral part of the pilgrimage and is one of the memories pilgrims take home with them.
Lady Sarah’s private funeral will take place over the coming days, so please keep her family and friends in your prayers. A Memorial Service is planned for the 28th September at 2pm in Arundel Cathedral and all our welcome. Please do come along.
In the meantime, we all felt that it would be appropriate and fitting to open an online Book of Condolence, where those of us who knew Sarah well, and wished to offer a prayer, a reflection, a memory, or a thought, could do so, knowing that her family would be heartened and comforted by what we write.
Many pilgrims will have had a wonderful week in Lourdes, experiencing what God calls us to do with our hands, our feet, our eyes, our ears and our voices. You can carry on that ministry of service by being active in any one of many Diocesan activities, and the link below will take you to a list of things you might wish to be involved in over the coming year. Many thanks for your support in making our few days in Lourdes a prayerful experience for so many people.
For those of you who could not make Lourdes this year, and those of you who did, and would like to read his homily, Fr Kevin Dring has kindly supplied the homily he delivered at our Mass with Anointing for you all to enjoy.