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Each year our parish offers a parish Anointing of the Sick Mass during our annual devotions to St Anne in July. This Sacrament is also offered upon request for those under going serious medical treatment, preparing for surgery. Ministers of Communion to the Sick also bring communion to those who are sick or confined at home, in nursing homes or hospital each Sunday. Mass is also celebrated each month at St Luke's Place. To ensure a visit when hospitalized please make sure to indicate at registration that you are a Roman Catholic and a member of St Mary Parish. For further information see our Pastoral Care Page or contact our parish office for further details.
A Little Q & A.... about the Sacrament of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is understood as one of the healing sacraments of the Church. It is Christ himself who touches those who are ill and offers them comfort and healing. The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil - pressed from olives or from other plants - saying, only once, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up." (CCC 1513)
Once referred to as The Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was previously most commonly administered to the dying, for the remission of sins and the provision of spiritual strength and health. Now, its use is for all who are gravely ill, those about to undergo a serious operation, anyone who feels a need for healing physically, emotionally, spiritually, psychologically - illness of any sort - and the Church stresses a secondary effect of the sacrament: to help a person recover his health. Like Confession and Holy Communion, to which it is closely linked, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be repeated as often as is necessary.
Where does it come from?
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick goes back to biblical times. When Christ sent His disciples out to preach, "they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them" (Mark 6:13).
Iím not dying - can I receive the anointing?
Following this biblical understanding, the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes that: The Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. As soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived." When in doubt, the faithful should err on the side of caution and provide the sacrament to the faithful who request it.
What does it do for me?
Received in faith and in a state of grace, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick provides you with a number of graces, including the strength to resist temptation in the face of death, when you are weakest; a union with the Passion of Christ, which makes your suffering holy; and the grace to prepare for death, so that you may meet God in hope rather than in fear. If you were not able to receive the Sacrament of Confession, Anointing also provides forgiveness of sins. And, if it will aid in the salvation of your soul, Anointing may restore your health.
Please contact our parish office for further details.