The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament is offered to the living encouraging the uniting of one’s suffering to Christ; for the strengthening and courage to endure suffering; the forgiveness of sins; the restoration of health; and, in extreme situations, the preparation for passing over to eternal life.
The parish community prays continually for the healing of our sick parishioners. The Sacrament of the Sick (anointing) is available to anyone who is seriously or chronically ill, weakened by age, or threatened by major surgery. Likewise, Communion calls to the homebound are made monthly or upon request. Please contact the parish office if you or your loved one is hospitalized or is in need of these special services.