Anointing of/Visits to the Sick
Visits to the Sick
Celebrating the Anointing of the Sick
Please do not wait until a family member, loved one or friend is near death before calling the parish to ask for the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The Rite of Anointing is intended not only for those who are dying, but for any Catholic who is seriously ill, anticipating serious surgery or experiencing a severe weakened condition due to declining health or advancing age.
WHO SHOULD RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT?
Anointing may be requested whenever a person begins to be gravely ill or is experiencing a dangerous medical crisis or medical emergency that was not anticipated. Those who will be undergoing surgery may be anointed if the reason for the surgery stems from a serious illness or medical need. Young children and individuals who may not have full use of reason or be in command of their mental faculties may also be anointed if they have a medical condition that endangers their physical well being and if they can be comforted by receiving the sacrament. The Anointing of the Sick may also be extended to those who are unconscious if, as Christian believers, they would have asked for the sacrament if they were able to do so. The elderly may also be anointed if they have become weakened due to advancing age, even if no serious illness is present.
WHERE IS THE SACRAMENT CELEBRATED?
The Anointing of the Sick is celebrated at all weekend masses at least three times a year. Prior notice of those times and dates will be posted in our Sunday bulletin and all who are in need of the sacrament are invited to come forward to experience the healing of the Lord through the sacramental ministry of the priest and the prayers of the community of faith. Anointing is also celebrated at our weekday masses when requested. The sacrament may also celebrated in one’s home, at the hospital, or in nursing homes, group family homes and other skilled nursing care facilities, when requested. Family members, loved ones and friends are always encouraged to be present to participate in the anointing by offering their prayerful support.
HOW DO I REQUEST THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK?
The key to the celebration of the sacrament is DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT before requesting the celebration of the sacrament. Whenever possible, please call the parish office as soon as your loved one becomes seriously ill or is anticipating surgery. We will endeavor to respond to each request as soon as we are able; therefore it is incumbent upon family members to call promptly so that your loved one can experience the graces, healing, strengthening and spiritual support that the sacrament offers in their time of suffering and need.