This Sunday, 6 February 2011, the Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, will celebrate Mass for those who are sick; for those who care for them and for all who work in healthcare in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
The celebration will take place at 3.00 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, and is open to all, especially those who wish to show prayerful support for healthcare workers. The Catholic Chaplaincy to the Royal Liverpool Hospital is based at the Cathedral.
Bishop Williams is Chair of the Healthcare Reference Group of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales and works with the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care in the Vatican.
The Mass is being celebrated on the Sunday before the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is on Friday 11 February a day which, in the Roman Catholic Church, is traditionally kept throughout the world as a Day of Prayer for Sick People. In a message celebrating the day Pope Benedict XVI says: ‘I invite the authorities to invest more and more in healthcare structures that provide help and support to the suffering, above all the poorest and most in need, and addressing my thoughts to all dioceses I send an affectionate greeting to bishops, priests, consecrated people, seminarians, healthcare workers, volunteers and all those who dedicate themselves with love to treating and relieving the wounds of every sick brother and sister in hospitals or nursing homes and in families: in the faces of the sick you should know how to see always the Face of faces: that of Christ.’
This year the World Day of Prayer concludes the 25th anniversary year of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, the body which co-ordinates the approach of the Church to those who are sick and those who work with them.
Bishop Williams will celebrate the Mass for the Sick and those who care for them at 3.00 pm on Sunday 6 February 2011 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. The Mass is open to all.