ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Jesus showed compassion toward the sick and suffering. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick extends God’s grace of spiritual strength, peace, and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with facing a serious health challenge.
Anointing of the sick is a sacrament administered to the faithful who are suffering from illness, facing serious surgery, or who are frail or elderly. The Catechism teaches that “the first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual illness, anyone about to have surgery, or the frailty of old age.” Yet, as with all the sacraments, Anointing of the Sick is a vehicle for God’s grace that strengthens us spiritually. As such, “this assistance from the Lord by the power of his Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God's will” (CCC, 1520).
Who should receive this sacrament?
- Those suffering from physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual illness.
- Elderly people in a weakened condition.
- Anyone who is about to have surgery
A common misconception about anointing:
Anointing of the Sick used to be know as "Extreme Unction" or "Last Rights". However, the Second Vatican Council noted that this sacrament should no longer be referred to as such because it is intended for ALL those who are seriously ill or weakened.
We do not reserve this sacrament for those who are at the point of death because it is used not only to heal, but to"
- Unite the sick to the passion of Christ, for his/her own good and that of the whole church.
- Provide strength, peace and courage to endure the sufferings of illness or old age
- Provide forgiveness of sins to those who were unable to obtain it through the sacrament of Reconciliation
- Prepare for passing to eternal life.
Request an Anointing
Anointing is available by appointment upon request. Please contact us if you or a loved one would like to receive this sacrament.
Request a Prayer Shawl
Prayer Shawls are available for people who are homebound, ill, or dying. These shawls serve not only to provide the comfort of warmth, but also a visible sign of the care and prayers of fellow parishioners.
If you know someone who might appreciate receiving one of these shawls please contact the parish office.