Healing Mass

11th of February, in observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we participated in a Healing Mass and Anointing of the sick,” celebrated by Msgr. Dennis Odiver at 6:30am and 12:15nn.

Jesus Christ himself had performed many miracles involving the sick and he also took this opportunity to forgive the sins of the ailing person. Our state of being in sin affects the well-being of the body and visiting a physical doctor is not enough to make us whole. We need God’s forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation to make us complete again. Before Christ ascended into heaven he had delegated this power to his disciples. Paul, is one among them.

“In Lystra, there was a crippled man … lame from birth and he had never been able to walk. He sat there and listened to Paul’s words. Paul saw that he believed and could be healed, so he said in a loud voice: ‘stand up straight on your feet.’ The man jumped up and started walking around.” (cf. Acts 14: 8-11) The congregation prayed a litany of preparation for the anointing of the oil of chrism. “We commend to God the sick members of our community to forgive their sins.” Chrism, a symbol of God’s mercy and generosity was first given to the faithful in the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. In response we Healing Mass uttered, “Lord have mercy” and “Blessed be God who heals us in Christ.”

The faithful were requested to form queues in the middle aisle, as in Holy Communion. Hundreds of people presented themselves to be anointed with chrism on the head and palms which were closed and then responded with “Amen.” Because of the large crowd that showed up, the vessel for the holy oil needed to be refilled twice so that the rite could continue. All were filled with the spirit of healing as the mass was ended.

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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