Throughout the gospels, the sick were a primary concern of Jesus, a basis for this sacrament. In this sacrament, we ask for and experience God’s compassion for those who suffer some form of serious illness and those who are at the point of death. In the anointing and laying on of hands, God’s healing power is called upon those whose body and spirits are broken. Healing may come physically, but God will always provide spiritual strength and consolation to endure even to the point of death. Whether administered individually or communally, the community is called to offer prayers and support to those in need of our love and care.
Anointing of the Sick can be administered to any Catholic who has reached the age of reason and is awaiting serious surgery, suffers from serious illness or is weakened by old age or affected by some serious forms of mental illness.
The sacrament is available either privately or publicly as part of the liturgical service of communal anointing at a special Mass offered twice each year, during Lent and in the early Fall.
Anointing of the sick is a Sacrament that is preformed to convey God’s grace to the recipient through the power of the Holy Spirit. This Sacrament, sometimes the last sacrament, extends several graces which help to strengthen with the Holy Spirit anxiety and discouragement and conveys peace and fortitude. James stated, “Anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
The sick should be anointed as soon as they are seriously ill, not waiting until the last moments of life.
Please call the parish office on 908-475-2559 regarding sick and homebound visits.