April 16, 2011
On the Saturday before Holy Week at the community Mass, Prior Simon McGurk administered the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to Fr. John Farrelly, who is suffering from advanced stages of pulmonary fibrosis. During the anointing rite Fr. Simon asked the monks and members of the congregation to come after him and lay hands on Fr. John. Oblates Nick and Helen Santini, who regularly attend our Saturday Mass, joined all in asking God’s blessing and grace for all Fr. John’s needs at this point in his illness. Fr. John is most grateful for the prayers of so many monastics, oblates, and friends, who help sustain him in his trust in God’s love and mercy.