The Anointing of the Sick

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“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ” (Catechism, 1499).

The Anointing of the Sick is given to any member of the faithful who is seriously ill due to accident, disease or old age. It should not be delayed until the moment when death is near. Anyone who is hospitalized or preparing for surgery should contact the parish office to make arrangements to receive this sacrament.

The sacrament may be received more than once, especially if one’s condition gets worse. The parish priests will be happy to anoint persons who are in area hospitals and nursing homes upon request. Catholic facilities operated by the archdiocese or by religious communities usually have a full-time chaplain to administer the sacraments.

A communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick within Mass is organized each Fall. Those who are visited regularly in their homes with Holy Communion will be informed of this celebration. Other persons who are seriously ill and wish to take part should contact the rectory. Resurrection church is accessible to persons with disabilities.

We encourage all of our parishioners to pray for the sick and for the recently departed. A current list of names can be found in the parish bulletin.