To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk
Anointing of the Sick
Jesus loved the sick. He visited, forgave and healed them. Recognizing Christ in our brothers and sisters, the Church continues his saving work and care for the sick in our midst. We remember the sick in the Liturgy of the Hours, at Mass during the Prayer of the Faithful, by bringing them Communion, and by special blessings and prayers, particularly the Sacrament of Anointing.
Through holy Anointing, the Church commends the sick to the glorified Lord who suffered for us so that he may save them and raise them up.
The sick contribute to the welfare of the whole People of God by their witness to Divine Providence still at work in their lives and by associating themselves with the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus.Who to Anoint?
- Adults (and those children old enough to understand what is taking place) suffering a serious illness, involved in a serious accident, facing surgery or major medical tests.
- Those suffering chronic infirmity (such as arthritis or diabetes) or serious mental illness.
- The elderly, especially when frailty is pronounced - even without serious illness.
Anointing of the Sick should always take place in the early stages of any serious illness so that it may be received with full, conscious faith and devotion. In this way, the sick as well as their family and friends may truly participate and derive real comfort from the celebration.
The sacrament should be celebrated as early as possible - before there is a sense of crisis. If the sick person's condition grows more serious, or if there is a relapse after recovery, the sacrament may be repeated. It is not essential to repeat the anointing, even if it took place early in the illness. Anointing of the Sick is not celebrated after death has occurred.
If you or a loved one wishes to be anointed, please contact one of our parish priests.