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Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Sick is a healing Sacrament of the Church. Anyone who is sick or elderly and in need of physical or emotional healing can come to our Healing Mass which is celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Within this Mass we will communally celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Those being anointed should sit in the front pews of the church. If you wish to be anointed and are not able to come to this 1st Saturday Mass, please call the secretary (561-5954 x2101) and let her know that you would like one of our priests to make a home visit.

Those who would like to receive the Sacrament before a hospital stay or surgery are invited to call the parish office to make arrangements. The Sacrament is also available to those who may be near death. Please inform the parish office when a friend or relative from the parish enters or leaves the hospital. The parish bulletin has a section for names of people who are sick to notify the entire parish to pray.

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The Church has very strict guidelines for those who may approach the sacrament. Here are those guidelines as pointed out in the Church’s Pastoral Care of the Sick in its General Instructions:

  • Great care and concern should be taken to see that those of the faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age receive this sacrament.
  • A sick person may be anointed before surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the surgery.
  • Elderly people may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present.
  • Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament.

We would ask that you please keep in mind these requirements before you present yourself for the Sacrament of the Sick.

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