15 December 2018
Dear Most Rev. Archbishops, Bishops, and Diocesan Administrators
Greetings of peace and good health!
The Church’s service to the sick and those who care for them must continue with renewed vigor, in fidelity to the Lord’s command and following the eloquent example of her Founder and Master. As we continue our mission towards those who are sick and those who take care of them, the Catholic Church will be celebrating the 26th WORLD DAY OF THE SICK on FEBRUARY 11, 2018 ( Sunday) with the theme Mater Ecclesiae: “Behold, your son… Behold, your mother.
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (Jn 19:26-27).
We would like to encourage every archdiocese, diocese and prelature to celebrate this world-wide occasion in giving importance to the sick and health care workers through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with sick members of the community & health care workers in hospitals and in parishes.
With Mother Mary’s tender love, we wish to entrust all those who are ill in body and soul, that she may sustain them in hope. With Mary’s guidance, may our prayers see us united in an incessant plea that every member of the Church may live with love the vocation to serve life and health. May she intercede and help the sick experience their suffering in communion with the Lord Jesus; and may she support all those who care for them.
Attached herewith is the MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 26TH WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2018.
God bless you and prayers for your good health and wellness.
Sincerely in the Lord,
Rev. Fr. Rodolfo Vicente Cancino Jr,MI
Most Rev. Patricio A. Buzon,SDB, DD