Bishop of Metuchen to Visit the Infirm on World Day of the Sick

February 18, 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Roman Catholic Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski of the Diocese of Metuchen will observe the upcoming World Day of the Sick by celebrating a special Mass and visiting the sick on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Saint Peter's University Hospital.

Bishop Bootkoski will lead a noon Mass in the hospital chapel to be followed by visits with patients from 1:35 to 2:15 p.m. Bishop Bootkoski will also make a special stop in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to view its new NicView camera system, which provides families of infants with 24-hour viewing of their babies across multiple technology platforms, unlimited connections via password and personalized updates.

World Day of the Sick includes the Anointing of the Sick, one of the church's seven sacraments.  The anointing is reserved for people whose health is seriously impaired or stressed by aging.  World Day of the Sick has three consistent, prevailing themes: first, it reminds the faithful to pray intensely and sincerely for those who are sick; second, the celebration invites Christians to reflect on and respond to human suffering, and third, this day recognizes and honors all persons who work in the health care field and serve as caretakers. World Day of the Sick is tied to the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  The shrine at Lourdes in southern France is a major pilgrimage site for people seeking physical healing by drinking from the  shrine's spring and bathing in its waters.


About Saint Peter's University Hospital

Saint Peter's University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter's is a state-designated children's hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women's services and ambulatory care.
The Children's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Saint Peter's is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Saint Peter's also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery in affiliation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
The hospital, part of the Saint Peter's Healthcare System, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in all areas of diabetes education. Saint Peter's is located at 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information about Saint Peter's, please visit or call 732-745-8600

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Subscribe to the Saint Peter's Better Health newsletter and receive the latest health news, community events, recipes, and more.

Support Saint Peter’s

Your gift of any size directly impacts the patients who are cared for at Saint Peter's. Donate TodayLearn More