On June 10 and 11, 2017 after each mass, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament is especially intended to strengthen those who are suffering serious illness. For a long time, this sacrament was celebrated only with people where dying and for this reason came to be known as “last rites”. It was meant to give them strength to face death, but today it is offered to support, encourage and comfort all those who are seriously ill.
Who should celebrate the Anointing of the Sick?
- Those who are elderly and whose frailty is becoming more pronounced.
- Those adults and children who are suffering from a major illness, are facing surgery, serious medical test or have suffered a serious accident.
- Those who suffer from chronic illness, such as arthritis or diabetes, or who suffer from a serious mental illness.
Participation in the celebration of this sacrament offers those who are sick an opportunity to open themselves to the healing power of God’s grace and to continue to grow in wholeness. In this sacrament, we meet Jesus, who heals and consoles us by giving us the Holy Spirit. The Risen Lord comes to strengthen us in body, mind and spirit during our time of illness.