Sunday, 16 March 2008

Mission - Healing

Father Augustine and Brother Barnabas visited Downs Cottage Nursing Home. The Friars were able to visit many of our local Nursing Homes and the sick and housebound in their own homes.

Our final evening mission event on Saturday was on the theme of 'Healing'. Br Barnabas referred to several instances of Jesus' healing ministry as related in St John's Gospel; the healing of the paralytic man who was lowered through the roof by his friends; the healing of Jairus' daughter and the woman who had suffered from hemorrhaging for many years. He continued by saying that this same Jesus we hear about in the gospels is still interested in healing us today.

After a testimony by Br John Bosco about his own personal experiences of healing, members of the congregation were invited to come forward and kneel at the steps to the sanctuary while Fr Raphael prayed over each one individually with the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance.

On Sunday, the final day of our mission, in spite of the rather wet and miserable day, we had a packed church for all the Masses, many parishioners returned for a second Mass in the evening to say goodbye to the Friars.

We look forward to a return visit by some of the brothers in the autumn.

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