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Anointing of the Sick & Last Rites
Please call the Parish Office when an Anointing of the Sick or Last Rites are needed.
Not sure which one or if one is needed? Don't hesitate to call the Parish Office and we will advise.
If you are calling outside of office hours, the voicemail will direct you with next steps.
In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the priest first offers the person the opportunity to go to confession. Through the anointing, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. Please contact the parish office to set up an appointment prior to a surgery or scheduled hospitalization.
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