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WDSOn 13 May 1992, a number of years following an assassination attempt on his life that led to a time of suffering and the experience of being seriously ill in hospital, Saint Pope John Paul II launched a World Day of the Sick, which coincides each year in the Church across the world with the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes on 11 February. Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have continued this special World Day – an occasion during which the whole Church bears witness as always with special concern to the tender mercy and love of God towards all who suffer. It is a time to reflect on the needs of all who suffer, to pause and be prayerfully in solidarity with those who experience illness and with all who care for those who are facing sickness. 

Please find attached from the Holy Father, Pope Francis, his letter for 29th World Day of the Sick, 2021 and also some themes/hints for our reflection, relating to the 2021 World Day of the Sick Message of the Holy Father, from Cardinal Turkson and The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. 

Pope Francis always encourages us to experience the merciful face of Jesus, showing his mercy and tenderness to those who live through sickness and suffering, respecting their own inalienable dignity and mission in life, as we serve life and health.

“The celebration of the XXIX World Day of the Sick on 11 February 2021, the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes, is an opportunity to devote special attention to the sick and to those who provide them with assistance and care both in healthcare institutions and within families and communities.  We think in particular of those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, the effects of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.  To all, and especially to the poor and the marginalized, I express my spiritual closeness and assure them of the Church’s loving concern”

Francis, 29th World Day of the Sick

Archbishop Dermot Farrell will be celebrate Mass tomorrow evening (Thursday,11th February) at 7:30pm  for the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick.  The Mass is being celebrated at the request of the Lourdes Pilgrimage Committee.  Praying for the sick during this time of pandemic takes on a whole new meaning and relevance.  In the Mass we will remember all the sick people of the diocese, especially those suffering from the virus. We will pray also for those who are on "the frontline" in various medical and other professions at this time.  We will also sadly think of those who have died. 

The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Church of the Sacred Heart, Yellow Walls Parish in Malahide. We invite you to join in the Mass through the webcam. The webcam can be accessed on the parish website –

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Mary, Mother of God, full of mercy, pray for us. Blessed Joseph her Spouse, pray for us.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ at my right, Christ at my left.

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.  I bind to myself today the strong name of the Trinity. 

With kindest wishes and on behalf of Trish Conway, Coordinator of the Dublin Diocesan Committee for 29th World Day of the Sick. News Feed