Anointing of the Sick
“ She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured. Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction… He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” Mk 5, 28-29. 34
Since the Second Vatican Council, this sacrament is called the Anointing of the Sick. It has been expanded to offer healing and comfort in times of illness that may not lead to immediate death. The healing that occurs in this sacrament of anointing is not necessarily a physical healing. While we believe that physical healing can occur through the great power of God, the grace that is infused through this special sacrament is the reminder of God's eternal presence in our human suffering.
Every time a Catholic is seriously ill, it is possible to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. If you are going to the hospital for a serious operation, you should consider receiving this sacrament before you enter the hospital.
If you can come to church, the priest will provide this sacrament after Mass or by appointment. If you are disabled at home, in a hospital or in a rehabilitation center, please contact the parish office, the priest will go to where you are.
Pray for the Sick at Sunday Mass:
During Sunday Mass, we ask God for the health of the sick in the parish. If you would like to include your name in Sunday Mass, please call the parish office or email your request.
The name of the sick person will also be included in the parish bulletin for the community to join in prayer.
Ministry of the Sick:
If you are unable to assist to mass due to an illness, our ministers of the Eucharist can bring you the Holy Communion to your home, hospital or rehabilitation center if you are within the boundaries of the church. Please contact the parish office to request a visit from an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.
“ By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1499