Please see below for useful information about the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
If you would like to receive the sacrament of the sick, or know someone who would, please contact the Parish Priest or the Parish Office.
“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord”. (James 5:13)
Our mission as Church is to do what Jesus did. And on nearly every page of the Gospels we read of Jesus' concern for the sick. Healing was essential to the mission of the disciples: "He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two.... They anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them" (see Mark 6:7-13). After Jesus ascended into heaven, the Church continued to administer the sacrament of healing: "Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven" (James 5: 14-15).
The priest makes the Sign of the Cross with the blessed oil on the sick person's forehead, saying: "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit." All respond: "Amen." Then the priest anoints the palms of the sick one's hands with the Sign of the Cross: " May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up." All respond: "Amen."
The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects (CCC 1532):
- the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;
- the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age;
- the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance;
- the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
- the preparation for passing over to eternal life.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death" (Liturgy, #73) but is intended for all those who are seriously ill or for anyone who is about to have surgery. The Sacrament can be received again in the event that someone recovers from an illness and then falls ill again. There is no age limitation for this sacrament, anointing can be administered to children as needed.
The commendation and communion for the dying called “Viaticum” is available at all times, day or night. The priests of the parish attend to our sick in hospitals and at home. Many like to receive the sacrament of the sick and are strengthened and affirmed.