The sick and suffering hold a special place in the heart of God. Those who are ill often taste the bitterness of suffering through feelings of vulnerability, powerlessness and loneliness. Jesus experienced sufferings and trials during his time on earth, especially at the time of his passion and death. Jesus draws near to those who suffer through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament by which God offers spiritual strength, peace and consolation to those suffering from grave illness.
Who Can Receive the Anointing of the Sick?
The Sacrament for the Anointing of the Sick is for anyone who is gravely ill, anticipating a surgery, is in danger of death due to sickness or old age, and desires God’s sacramental presence, spiritual healing, and grace. It is important to note that when a person is in the process of dying it is advisable for the family not to wait until death is imminent before requesting the sacrament.
Arranging to Receive the Anointing of the Sick
Those wishing to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can make arrangements by calling the parish office at 248-588-1222.
“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters 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.”
Letter of James 5:14-15
“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 of the Catholic Church