Bishop emeritus to visit the infirm on World Day of the Sick

February 7, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Roman Catholic Bishop Emeritus Paul G. Bootkoski of the Diocese of Metuchen will observe the upcoming World Day of the Sick by celebrating a special Mass and visiting patients on Friday, Feb. 10, at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Bishop Emeritus Bootkoski will lead a noon Mass in the hospital chapel to be followed by visits with patients in various units of the hospital from approximately 2 to 3 p.m.

“We are honored that Bishop Emeritus Bootkoski has chosen to visit with our staff and patients,” said Ronald C. Rak, JD, 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.

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