In commemoration of the 29th World Day of the Sick, Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, SDB, DD took the message of healing to the different communities in the Diocese.
He offered Masses for the Sick as part of the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes last February 11, 2021.
For the first time, a Bishop offered Mass at the Chapel of the Our Lady of Lourdes in Brgy. Caridad, Bago City. Bishop Buzon took the occasion to remind people about the gift of faith and thereby challenging the community to produce vocations to the priesthood.
"Ang timaan sang hamtong nga pagtuo amo nga ini naga pamunga, kag ang isa ka bunga sang patuo amo ang bokasyon. Gani challenge ini sa inyo nga may pari nga mag gikan sa Caridad”, the Bishop said.
The Caridad chapel figured prominently in local news during the ‘90s because of alleged “miraculous healings” in the area connected to a well located in front of the chapel.
Later in the day, Bishop Buzon also joined the community of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City for their annual fiesta. In his homily, the Bishop of Bacolod reminded the parishioners that "Faith is an encounter” and “an experience."
On the other hand, “A Dawn Rosary Procession” was organized at 5AM and followed by a Eucharistic Celebration with the Anointing of the Sick in the St. Joseph the Worker Parish in E. B. Magalona.. The occasion was led by Rev. Fr. Ernesto P. Salvador, parish priest.
February 11 marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubrious in Lourdes, France.
The World Day of the Sick was started by Pope St. John Paul II in 1992, in which he called on all Catholics to remember in all of their Masses and prayers for the day the intentions of those who are sick and suffering.