Bishop Curtis Guillory, S.V.D., celebrated the annual White Mass Feb. 21 at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica to offer the holy sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

In his homily, Bishop Guillory reminded those in attendance that all are called to visit and care for the sick.

“It a great work of mercy,” he said. “Not only are we obligated to care for those who are sick, but it gives us the opportunity to be of service to our brothers and sisters.”

Bishop Guillory also addressed those who would be receiving the sacrament at the Mass.

“In the sacrament of anointing, we ask the Lord to strengthen them and give them courage,” he said. “For those who are ill, just remember, the Church is here with you — to walk with you on this journey.”

The Mass became known as the “White Mass” because white is the color healthcare workers traditionally wore.