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anointing of the sick

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

During His public life, Jesus showed great care and concern for the sick and disabled. Jesus's concern is manifested today through the sacrament of the sick. No longer called the "last rites," the Church's ritual is meant for all who are ill or physically disabled.

The sacrament is meant for the living. If there is a person in your family who is ill, chronically sick, growing weaker, or disabled, he/she should receive the anointing of the sick. In hospitals, a chaplain may be requested. If a family calls a priest, it is a great support for the sick person to have his/her family and friends present for the sacrament. Also, if the family wishes to receive the Eucharist with the sick person, the family should inform the priest.

If families believe there is no need for the sacrament to be celebrated at home, in a nursing home, or in a hospital, they may bring the sick person to the Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick, which takes place periodically throughout the year.

To consult a priest about the need for the anointing of the sick, please call the rectory. The priest will arrange a suitable time.

This sacrament may not be administered to a deceased person. However, if the survivors wish to have a priest present for their own needs, please call the rectory.

Finally, parishioners are encouraged to inform the rectory whenever a family member is hospitalized so that the priest and other pastoral ministers can visit.

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