Anointing of the Sick
"Heal the sick!" -Mt 10:8
From ancient times the Church has anointed the sick with blessed oil. Over the centuries the anointing of the sick was reserved more and more exclusively for those at the point of death. The Second Vatican Council urged that the Sacrament be renewed to include prayer for healing as well as for the remission of sin.
Today the Sacrament of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill, facing surgery or in danger of death from sickness or old age by anointing them on the forehead and hands with blessed oil.
The Sacrament is a gift of the Holy Spirit; one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the illness and frailties of old age. The Sacrament gives us the strength and gift of uniting oneself more closely to Christ's Passion. The Sacrament prepares us for the final journey; it completes our conformity to the death and resurrection of Christ, just as Baptism began it.
Priests (bishops and presbyters) are the ministers of the Anointing of the Sick.
The Last Sacrament of the Christian.
Viaticum is a Latin word which means food for a journey. The Church offers those who are about to leave this life the Eucharist as Viaticum. Viaticum is given by an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, a chaplain, a deacon or a priest.
Healing of the Sick Masses are held on the First Tuesday of every month. Please contact the rectory for more information.