White Mass for medical workers to be celebrated Feb. 9

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LEWISTON — Bishop Richard J. Malone, Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Portland, has announced that the annual White Mass for health-care professionals and caregivers will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on 122 Ash St.

A reception in the church hall will follow the Mass. Fr. Joseph Manship, chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.

The White Mass celebrates health-care professionals and caregivers, including doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, lab technicians, therapists, pharmacists and others from all religious denominations by offering a blessing for their contributions to the healing mission of Jesus and to ask God’s blessing upon their work. All health-care professionals and employees are invited.

“Those of us who entered into the medical profession do so because we desire to heal,” said Dr. Michael Czerkes, an OB/GYN and NaProTECHNOLOGY specialist at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “We want to help those around us, and we do that through medicine. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta rightly pointed out that we can only cure physical disease and ailments through medicine. Spiritual ailments, like despair or hopelessness, can only be cured with love. I want to encourage all of us in the medical profession to join in the celebration of the White Mass. Let us join together to celebrate this sacrament of love, receive love and then take that love back to our patients.”

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The White Mass is scheduled to coincide with the World Day of Prayer for the Sick on Feb. 11. Since 1992, the Catholic Church has celebrated World Day of Prayer for the Sick to remind the faithful to pray intensely for the sick, reflect on and respond to human suffering and to recognize and honor all persons who work in health care and serve as caregivers.

The White Mass is named for the color of the vestments worn on the day. White is associated with the medical profession.

For more information, contact Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston at 207-777-1200.

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