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.