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

February 3, 2015

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 Wednesday, 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 in the Emergency Department, Oncology Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m.

“We are honored that Bishop Bootkoski has chosen to visit with our staff and patients,” said Ronald C. Rak, JD, president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “His physical and spiritual presence will be heart-warming for everyone on this special day.”
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.
World Day of the Sick is observed annually at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System.

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 major clinical affiliate with Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences.  Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery. Visit for more information.

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