Anointing of the Sick

     If you are experiencing an illness, injury, impending surgery or weakness due to age, there is a powerful help available for you here in our Church. Most especially, we want you to be spiritually fortified and experience the peace that God alone can give. So it is natural and wise to turn to God, our Father, and to Jesus, our Savior, with your needs... physical, emotional, and spiritual. 

     The Anointing of the Sick is a Sacrament of the Church in which the priest prays, lays hands, and anoints the sick person with blessed oil. It may be preceded by the Sacrament of Reconciliation and followed by Eucharist. The Sacrament may be repeated if the recipient suffers from a different illness or injury or if the same illness or condition becomes more serious. 

     In the fall and spring of each year, the parish offers a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at our Homebound and Disabled Mass. We invite all who suffer in body, mind, and/or spirit to come and receive the prayers of the community and anointing. Within our community, our bonds of faith are formed by scripture and tradition, strengthened by prayer, celebrated in liturgy and nourished by the Eucharist. The presence of the community is a powerful witness of God’s presence with and for us. This Mass is held in the parish center and followed by a luncheon. 

     Another choice is to celebrate the Sacrament following Mass before going to the hospital, or you may celebrate the Sacrament at home with family and friends gathered in support and prayer. In case of an emergency, please call the parish office at 868-5276 to request the Sacrament.