Background: Pope John Paul II promulgated the World Day of the Sick on February 11, 1992. It is a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes and is a time for those who serve in Catholic health ministry to reflect on caring for those who are sick as well as those who provide care to them. The World Day of the Sick is a Signature Work of the Order of Malta.

What: The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland will host the World Premiere of Frank LaRocca’s Messe des Malades. Mr. LaRocca is the award-winning sacred music composer of the Mass of the Americas, and the requiem Mass of the Homeless. The Messes des Malades is a very special Mass honoring Our Lady of Lourdes and will feature the Benedict XVI Choir conducted by Richard Sparks. Moira Richards Conzelman is our gracious patroness of the Messes des Malades.

The Oakland and San Francisco Locations of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta will combine forces to assist Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ in concelebrating Mass for those seeking God’s grace and mercy. The poignant and ancient sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered to all those in attendance, up to 1,500.

When: February 11, 2023, at 11am

Where: The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland CA 94612

Who: All invited, all faiths—especially all those suffering and caring for sick, all those seeking God’s grace and a life filled with goodness, truth, and beauty.

  • Catholics in Northern California
    • The suffering sick and poor, and their caregivers and family
    • Pastors and their parishioners, including associated Catholic lay organizations
    • Order of Malta Oakland & San Francisco Locations, and Malades past/present
  • Catholics in Education
    • High Schools, Grade Schools, including music teachers; Cristo Rey, Lumen Christi
    • Seminarians (DSPT, St Patrick’s, etc.), priestly Orders (CFR, OP, SJ, CTK, etc.) and religious sisters (Holy Names College Sisters), Maryknoll Sisters
  • Catholics in Healthcare (White Mass (Valeria Schmalz and Oakland), doctors)
    • Catholic Senior Living (Mercy Retirement & Care Center, St Anne’s Home, etc.)
  • Sacred Music Devotees (Benedict XVI Institute, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, etc.)

How: Please reserve your space here, share with your family, friends, parishes, and especially those in spiritual need in their time of physical and mental suffering. Handicap accessible.


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