THE SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated with those who are seriously ill, those who are preparing for surgery, and the elderly. This sacrament of healing is meant to heal the whole person, spiritually and physically while at the same time reassuring the person of God’s love and mercy. The preferred place for celebrating this sacrament is in the church with family and members of the church community present. Celebrating the sacrament before entering the hospital means the ill person can better appreciate the prayers and symbols of the rite.
If any parishioner is suffering from a serious illness, the PARISH OFFICE should be contacted as soon as possible so that a priest might visit the person who is sick and administer the Sacraments. When we do know of someone who is seriously sick or housebound, it is important to notify the PARISH OFFICE so that Holy Communion may be taken to them regularly. As well, it is important that these people have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
* This Sacrament is administered during the Celebration of Mass the First Wednesday of each Month at 7:30 pm.
SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
(Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick)
“The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health (Cf, Mk 2:1-12), has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members. This is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing: the sacrament of Penance and the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1421)
For those who are about to die, the Church, in addition to the Anointing of the Sick, offers the Eucharist as viaticum – food for their journey home.