Anointing of the Sick

Religious  EducationThis sacrament is offered at Mass on the first weekend of each month, or by appointment. If you are visiting with us during a Sunday mass when we offer this sacrament the priest will provide instructions to the congregation on what to do if you would like to receive the sacrament.

“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.” (Catechetism of the Catholic Church, 1499) In the past the sacrament has been seen as one which is only received by those who are going to die. This is not the case though. There are many reasons one may receive the sacrament. Anyone who is seriously ill, going to undergo a major surgery, or for another appropriate reason may receive the sacrament.

“Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration, whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons. It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist, the memorial of the Lord’s Passover. If circumstances suggest it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of Penance and followed by the sacrament of the Eucharist. As the sacrament of Christ’s Passover the Eucharist should always be the last sacrament of the earthly journey, the “viaticum” for “passing over” to eternal life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1517)