World Day of the Sick:
February 11, 2019
In his message for the 27th World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis urges believers to promote a culture of generosity, noting that the joy of generous giving is a barometer of the health of a Christian. People around the world are encourage to pray for the sick and those who work very hard to ease the sufferings of the sick on this day.
At the heart of Catholic health care is a deep respect for the intrinsic value and dignity of every human being and an unwavering commitment to serving all people, from all backgrounds and faiths – especially society’s most vulnerable. has launched the Awaken campaign to reveal the courageous gift of Catholic health care. We invite you to read their message below.
We honour the great efforts of doctors, nurses, health care institutions and pastoral care givers to restore health to those afflicted with illness and disease. In the Hamilton Diocese, we pray especially for the St. Joseph Health System, the great legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph! A prayer card is being distributed throughout the system, encouraging prayers for the sick and those who care for them. We pray to the Lord!
Through the dedication and commitment of all caregivers,
especially those whose vocation it is to provide healthcare,
you reveal to us an extraordinary witness
of love for the human person.
Strengthen and renew in us our vocation to care for
the sick and those who are marginalized in any manner.
Help us to ensure the dignity of those
who journey toward healing and
wholeness in body, mind and spirit.
As those who are sick experience an outpouring of service,
may caregivers also be cared for in abundance. Amen.
Prayer from St. Joseph's Health System