HASTINGS (SNR) - A special Mass with prayers for healing was celebrated at St. Cecilia Church in Hastings Sept. 29, the feast of the archangels.
Father Christopher Barak, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Seward, was the chief celebrant. Father Joseph Walsh, Father Michael Houlihan, Father Caleb LaRue, Father Stephen Graeve and Father William Holoubek concelebrated. Approximately 230 people attended.
Father Barak encouraged everyone to pray for healing for one another. Confessions were available, followed by recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and praise and worship hymns before Mass.
The priests administered the Sacrament of the Sick and blessings for healing.
Those in attendance were given opportunity to draw close to Jesus in the Eucharist, as Father Barak carried the monstrance to each person throughout the church, ending with Benediction. The prayers for healing include praying for physical, emotional and spiritual healing.