The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick shows Christ’s loving concern for those whose health is seriously impaired. The sick can recognize that Christ and the Church abide with them throughout their sickness, even to the point of death.
The faithful are encouraged to receive this sacrament at the beginning of a serious illness rather than waiting until death is imminent. The Sacrament helps the sick person to be united with Christ’s passion, and to have the courage and peace to endure the suffering. It may bring physical healing if God so wills, or helps a person prepare for the passage to eternal life, and also forgives sin.
Anyone whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age, who is about to undergo surgery, or who is in need of the special graces of the Anointing of the Sick is encouraged to receive this Sacrament.
The Anointing of the Sick is always available upon request through the parish office. Those about to undergo surgery may request the Sacrament before their hospitalization. There is a communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick at a Sunday Mass, usually twice a year.
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