Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”


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.