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.
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.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, 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. ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Christ's compassion toward the sick and his healings of almost every kind of infirmity are a resplendent sign that "God has visited his people." --CCC, no. 1503, citing Lk 7:16
To receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the office and make an appointment with Fr. Jack.
Anointing of the Sick is celebrated twice a year during weekend Masses-typically in Advent and Lent. Once scheduled, dates are posted here as well as in the bulletin and on the events page.