The Sacrament of Annointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick, for its part, unites the sick with Christ’s self-offering for the salvation of all, so that they too, within the mystery of the communion of saints, can participate in the redemption of the world.”- Pope Benedict XVI, The Sacrament of Charity, 2007
Priests care for us when we are physically ill. They do this through the Sacrament known as the Anointing of the Sick. The Bible instructs us, “Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray…Is any one among you sick? He should summon the presbyters [priests] of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5: 14-15). Anointing of the Sick helps us endure illness, uniting our passion with that of the Lord, and it cleanses our souls and helps us prepare to meet God.
At Our Lady of the Lakes, Anointing is available upon request. If ever you are going to the hospital for a procedure that involves general anesthesia, it is appropriate to request Anointing. See Father Michelu Ragola after any Mass or contact him at 294-6440 to make arrangements to celebrate this sacrament.
When God does call a loved one home, please call the funeral home of your choice regarding Mass of Christian Burial arrangements. The funeral home will coordinate with the parish.