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Anointing the Sick

What is it?

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives strength and support and can be administered to anyone struggling with an illness, physical or spiritual. Unlike the traditional understanding of the Last Rites, the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is, ideally, to be administered in a communal celebration.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that when the sick are anointed they should be "assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention" (1516). "Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration…It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist" (1517).

"The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body (in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament" (CCC 1531).

When do we celebrate it?

An Anointing of the Sick Mass is celebrated twice a year in our parishes. In the fall, it is held at St. Mary Parish and in the spring at St. John the Baptist Parish. The dates do vary from year to year so please keep an eye on our calendar or bulletin for the dates. If you, or someone you know, requires anointing immediately, then please call the parish office at 989-584-6044 and speak with our Pastoral Director, Nancy Woodcock.

 

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He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by twoThey anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (Mark 6:7, 13)

 


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