What is Annointing of the Sick?
Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing, both physical and spiritual. This sacrament helps us endure illness, uniting our passion with that of the Lord. It cleanses our souls and helps us prepare to meet God.
“Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is any one among you sick? He should summon the priests of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven”– James 5: 14-15
Celebrating the Sacrament of Annointing of the Sick
At St. Patrick’s, Anointing of the Sick is available upon request. If you are going to the hospital for a procedure that involves general anesthesia, or suffer any serious illness, it is appropriate to request Anointing. See the priest after any Mass or call the parish office for more information.
When God calls a loved one home, please contact the parish office for information about funeral arrangements. If desired, a funeral luncheon served by the Altar and Rosary Society for the family can be arranged.
Annointing of the Sick in the Catechism
1499 “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.”– Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1499
More information about Anointing of the Sick can be found in the Online Catechism of the Catholic Church.