World Day of Prayer for the Sick
On February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and World Day of Prayer for the Sick, Father Michael Voght, of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, came to help us celebrate Mass and to participate in the very special tradition and Sacramental ritual of our Catholic Faith – the Anointing of the Sick.
Father Mike and the rest of his order, who live in nearby Maryland caring for retired and elderly priests, come each week to help us celebrate Mass. In fact, if anything good can be said about the pandemic which recently swept over the earth, meeting the Oblate Fathers of Saint Francis de Sales is one of them. The meeting can be classified as a “God-incidence.” The Oblate Fathers now take turns driving to our facility every day to say Mass for us. And, because of them, after two years with no Masses celebrated in our Chapel, we are all now able to receive the blessings of the Mass and all the Sacraments which the Church has to offer.
On this special day, recounting his own recent health care struggles, Father Voght credited the prayers of the Little Sisters and Residents of our Saint Jeanne Jugan Home, with having helped in his recovery, with his ability to receive many healing graces and with his ultimate return to his beloved priestly duties. All who wanted to take part in this special celebration – Sisters, Residents and Staff – came forward to participate in the Mass and to receive the special Anointing which carries with it the blessings and prayers of all the faithful around the world, for healing, comfort, and hope.
We are so grateful to all the Oblate Fathers who give so generously of their time to our Residence, so that we may celebrate the Sacraments every day.
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