As with all sacraments, the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration. Therefore, it is very fitting to celebrate this sacrament within the Eucharist, the memorial of the Lord’s Passover.
The first grace of this sacrament is one of strength, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with serious illness or the frailty of advancing age. This assistance from the Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God’s will.
We will celebrate a Mass including Anointing of the Sick on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the 5 pm vigil.
All are invited to attend and fully, actively and fruitfully participate in this Liturgy.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that the following persons should consider being anointed:
- Those in danger of death from illness or advancing age (not only those in imminent danger of death);
- Those facing upcoming serious surgery (general anesthesia);
- Those who have become frail due to advancing age and;
- Those whose condition has become serious.
If someone was previously anointed and recovered but now faces a new serious illness or a worsening of the same condition, they can and should be anointed if possible.
If you have any questions about this Liturgy or whether someone should consider presenting themselves for Anointing of the Sick, please call the rectory at 215-836-2828.