“Is any among you sick? Let them call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over the sick, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed sins, they will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)
When you are diagnosed with a serious illness, facing surgery, receiving chemo or radiation treatments, living with a chronic illness, struggling with an addiction, or facing the physical struggles of growing older, this is the time to ask for the Sacrament of the Sick. This anointing is to give strength and healing power to help us live with and cope with serious illness.
The Anointing of the Sick is not the sacrament of the dying. Viaticum (Eucharist) is actually the sacrament of the dying. Viaticum is when a priest or lay person visits the dying to pray with them, their family and caregivers and to bring them the Eucharist as food for the journey.
Each year, in the spring, we celebrate a special Mass of Anointing in the handicapped accessible school auditorium, followed by a reception hosted by many of our school children. It is a joyfilled celebration of Christ's healing ministry.
If you can get to church, you can receive the Anointing of the Sick either at mass or in the chapel after any weekend or daily Mass. If you are homebound, we will arrange to visit you at home.
Email Marie Martin for more information.