St. John Paul II initiated the World Day of Prayer for the sick in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. The Pope himself had been diagnosed with Parkinson's a year before and it is considered that his own illness was impetus for his designation of the Day.
The World Day of Prayer was first observed on February 11, 1993. February 11 is also the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes,when the Church honors Our Blessed Mother and her appearances to the young girl Bernadette Soubirous.
Let us renew our commitment to praying often for all those who are sick. Please remember that you can receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at any time and for any medical condition.
This year we will celebrate Catholic Schools week beginning January 29. St. John Vianney families that have children attending Catholic schools are asked to participate in the Masses that weekend in their school uniform. Please contact Yvonne Dick through the parish office to participate. Many of us are the products of Catholic education and here at SJV we stand with all those who desire that same education for their children.