Anointing of the Sick
The anointing of the sick is a beautiful and sacred sacrament that offers comfort and healing to those facing physical or emotional challenges. This sacrament is a gift from God that reminds us of His loving presence and encourages us to have faith in His plan for our lives. While the "Last Rites" (Viaticum) are associated with death and the final moments of life, the anointing of the sick is a sacrament that can be received multiple times and is intended to bring healing and strength to the sick.
"Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven."
To obtain the Sacrament of the Sick or Last Rites
If you or a family member is requesting to be seen by a member of the Clergy, during an admission to a Hospital or Nursing Facility, the patient must notify their care staff that they are Catholic and are wanting to be visited by Clergy; Otherwise, due to HIPAA regulations, the Pastoral Staff will not be notified.
Don't Wait Until The Very Last Minute
In many circumstances the Parish is notified that an individual is near death, especially when it is anticipated, at the very last minute. The truth is, the sooner the Priest is informed, the sooner they may be able to provide spiritual support to the dying and their family. Of course, we certainly understand that there are situations where advanced warning is not available and in these trying and difficult times, we want to be there for you, if at all possible! Please see the video below for additional information regarding this beautiful sacrament!
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