A White Mass is the customary description of a liturgy to pray for health care workers who serve on the front lines of our hospitals, medical facilities and research centers. Health care workers traditionally wear white coats and white is a symbol in the church of hope and comfort to the ill and hospitalized. During the White Mass, doctors, nurses and all health care workers receive a blessing so that God may always guide their efforts to protect life.
Bishop John Noonan will be the main celebrant of the White Mass on February 25, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at St. James Cathedral. Save the date now and plan to join us!
St. Luke is the patron saint of health care workers and during the White Mass we also pray for his intercession on behalf of all those who dedicate their life to healing.
Christian tradition recognizes Luke as a “beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14). He accompanied St. Paul on his travels to teach and preach about Jesus Christ. Luke’s Gospel gives us a look at the compassionate, healing and forgiving Jesus.