Anointing Of The Sick
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is spoken of in the New Testament Letter of St James, in which the apostle says, “If there are any sick among you, then let them send for the priests of the church and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil. The prayer of faith will save the sick persons and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins their sins will be forgiven them.” (James 5:14-15)
This Sacrament recognises that sickness is not part of God’s plan and that God wants to heal us, in body and spirit. The Sacrament of Anointing is for the sick, not just the dying. And so the Church instructs us that anyone whose health is seriously impaired through sickness or who has become frail through old age can and should receive this sacrament. It can be received numerous times, whenever the circumstances call for it, and its reception should not be deferred until the moment of death.
At present, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not celebrating this sacrament communally within an ‘Anointing Mass’. However if you or your loved one is seriously sick, please contact the parish office (49721025) to arrange for a priest to come and celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick with you.