ArchCare’s World Day of the Sick Observances Feature Prayers and Blessings | ArchCare
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ArchCare’s dedication to improving the quality of lives of those unable to fully care for themselves was especially visible on February 11, when across ArchCare our nursing homes and PACE programs commemorated World Day of the Sick with a variety of special programs and activities for residents, members and caregivers.

World Day of the Sick, which takes place each year on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, was conceived by Pope John Paul II as a way to encourage Catholics around the world to pray for those suffering from illness and the healthcare professionals who care for them.

To celebrate the special day of healing, Masses were held at each facility and included the special sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to mark the day. For those most vulnerable residents, members of each nursing home’s pastoral care staff also went floor to floor to anoint residents too ill to attend services in the chapel.

The spirit of the day was obvious across ArchCare. In Harlem and the Bronx, members of the ArchCare Senior Life PACE program read cards with messages of motivation and support they had created and exchanged with their fellow participants. On Staten Island, ArchCare at Carmel Richmond residents and ArchCare Senior Life PACE members participated in a commemorative prayer service in addition to Mass, a special moment of silence was held to pray for healthcare workers around the world, and the Carmelite Sisters sang a special hymn in the PACE center before joining the participants for an early Valentine’s Day party. The day ended with residents enjoying a special screening of the classic film “The Song of Bernadette,” which tells the story of the apparition of Mary to St. Bernadette at Lourdes. 

In Harlem, residents of ArchCare at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center participated in a Mass and a healing therapeutic horticulture project. In Rhinebeck, ArchCare at Ferncliff residents received special World Day of the Sick prayer cards followed by a healing Mass. In the Bronx, residents of ArchCare at San Vicente de Paúl participated in a healing Mass and blessing of the hands, and received handmade prayer hearts. Additionally, staff and residents held hands in a special prayer led by Sister Gleny Reyes-Gomez. On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, ArchCare at Mary Manning Walsh Home residents came together to watch a film to commemorate the day.

Throughout ArchCare, the healing spirit of the day was experienced by all.

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