White Mass for Health Care Professionals - October 19th
The Feast of St. Luke Annual White Mass for Healthcare Professionals, celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Douglas Deshotel, will be held this year on Saturday, October 19th at 5:00 PM at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
The tradition of the White Mass in the United States finds its origins in the development of the national Catholic Medical Association in the early 1930s. From its inception, the medical profession has been understood as a healing profession, a way in which Christ’s work continues upon the earth. Moreover, since the apparitions at Lourdes in the late 19th century, the plight of the infirmed - and those who care for them - have taken on renewed appreciation in participating in the mysteries of Christ’s own life. The White Mass, so named by the color worn by those in the healing profession of medicine, gathers health care professionals under the patronage of St. Luke to ask God’s blessing upon the patient doctor, nurse, and caregiver alike.
A Reception will be held in the adjacent Gran Salon following the White Mass, with catering provided by I Fratelli's. All Catholic healthcare professionals are invited: both non-physicians (nurses, PA's, NP's, therapists, counsellors, etc) and non-clinicians (such as social workers, translators, etc). A suggested donation of $15 per adult is requested. Children are welcome.
There is also a need for two readers and four ushers for this Mass. If you are interested, please email