“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola


Plate and majolica used for the nursing of the Sick at the Hospital in Malta
(photo courtesy of the Museum of St John, London)
This coming Saturday, 11th February, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, at 11am a solemn Mass will be sung at the Birmingham Oratory, Hagley Road, B16 8UE. At the proclamation of the late Holy Father Blessed John-Paul II, this day is observed as World Day for the Sick; during the Mass there will be anointing of Our Lords the Sick, following the practice he encouraged. Any sick or aged person who desires the sustenance of this Sacrament is welcome to receive it.

The Mass will be followed by the Annual Lourdes Reunion, for which reservation is required through the usual channels.

This year the Order will be joined by the members of the Companions who are celebrating Companions Day on this feast.

Members of the Order, Companions and friends are very warmly encouraged to attend and support with their prayers the Order in its work of Obsequium Pauperum at this Mass.

If you are unable to come, please pray for the work of the Order and the Companions this day. Members are encouraged to have a Mass offered for this intention.

Our Lords the Poor and the Sick, pray for us.