The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is available every 1st Saturday of the month in the church, immediately following the 8:30 am Mass.
About the Sacrament
The sacrament that helps unite those who are suffering with Jesus' saving and healing power is the Anointing of the Sick. Through this sacrament people receive forgiveness for their sins and comfort in their suffering; they are restored in spirit; and sometimes they even experience the return of physical health. Suffering is a part of life, but Jesus unites our suffering with his passion and death so that through our suffering we can participate in his saving and healing work. The sacrament also reminds us that God wants to give comfort to the suffering and wants us to relieve suffering where we can.
In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the priest anoints the seriously ill, injured, or the elderly with the oil of the sick.
Who Can Receive Anointing of the Sick
- Catholics over age 7 who are seriously ill or in danger of death.
- Elderly Catholics who have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present.
- Catholics who are facing surgery.
- Catholics may receive Anointing of the Sick again if they have become seriously ill again, or have developed a new illness.
Those Who Are Too Ill to Come to Church
If you or a loved one is in the hospital or a care facility, please check with the staff chaplain first. There are priests assigned to hospitals and care facilities who make regular rounds.
If you or a loved on is homebound, please call the church office at 925-447-1585 to arrange for a priest to visit.
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