February 7, 2021
Thursday February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses.
The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes. This year’s World Day of the Sick will have as its theme the verse: “You have only one master and you are all brothers (Mt 23:8)”
In his letter for this Day, Pope Francis emphasizes the following needs:
“To stop, to listen, to establish a real, personal relationship with the other who suffers”.
This trust is a real balm:
“Confidence is the basis of the care to be lavished on every suffering person”.
Archbishop Christian Lépine will preside at a Mass to celebrate the World Day of the Sick on Thursday, February 11, at 7:30 a.m. (EST) televised on Salt and Light TV and available throughout the day on the diocesan YouTube channel.
Although this year’s activities for World Day of the Sick will look different, there are ways you can participate:
– pray each day of the month for the specific needs of sick persons by using the WDS calendar
– send your personal and community prayer intentions to the Friends of Mercy at:
February 7, 2021
World Marriage Day 2021
Through the highs and lows of the pandemic, it is vital to take the time to strengthen the love that unites couples and families. Celebrate your love or the love of a couple dear to you on Sunday, February 14th, World Marriage Day!
There will be a live-streamed Mass at 5p.m. Saturday, February 13th celebrated by Archbishop Christian Lépine at Mary Queen of the World on the Diocese of Montreal YouTube channel: renew your wedding vows, receive a special blessing and pray for couples and families! Persons who are separated/divorced and wish to renew their fidelity to their vows are also invited to do so.
2021 World Marriage Day Resources for couples:
1. Why you should Celebrate your wedding anniversary
2. 10 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home
3. 10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Family
4. A video presenting St. Louis & Zélie Martin (St. Therese of Lisieux’s parents), first to be canonized as a couple.
The diocese has created a spiritual help‑line to offer support during the pandemic: 1‑888‑305‑0994.
Our Archdiocese has also set up a web page designed to provide ongoing relevant information amid current COVID‑19 concerns, including the latest guidelines, related articles and spiritual resources >>>