Masaka Catholic Diocese Celebrates World Day of the Sick
Masaka Catholic Diocese celebrated on the 11th of February the World Day of The Sick at Bbaala, Villa Maria Parish. The main celebrant at the occasion was Bishop Serverus Jjumba, the bishop of Masaka Catholic diocese.
Celebrated under the theme “Be Merciful as your Father in Heaven is Merciful” (Luke 6:36-40), the main celebrant called upon all Christians to endeavor be attentive to the needs of the sick, the hungry, all the needy and work towards being sources of mercy, joy, and hope to the sick and the needy. He invited the congregation to pray for healthcare workers, and appreciate the sacrifices they make for the benefit of the sick in communities.
The celebration also included a medical camp that attracted close to 100 medical personnel who treated more than 2000 patients free of charge. Bishop Jjumba gave out clothing, household items, and food items to 400 vulnerable people especially widows and the disabled. He also gave out trees to plant in promotion of environmental Conservation.
Bishop Jjumba thanked all who provided medical expertise and material help in support of the medical camp. He extended Pope Francis’ apostolic blessing for comfort and healing upon all the sick in families. The Day was beautifully celebrated, leaving a smile and giving hope and comfort to the sick and the needy who attended the day.
The World Day of The Sick was instituted by St Pope John Paul II on May 13th May 1992 as a day of prayer and charity for the sick and the needy. It is celebrated annually on the 11th of February, coinciding with the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes.