THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them [Cathechism of the Catholic Church, article 1499].
When he (Jesus) went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured the sick (Matthew 14:14) Christ’s compassion toward the sick and his many healings of every kind of infirmity are a resplendent sign that ‘God has visited his people’ (Lk 7:16 Mt 4:24) and that the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Jesus has the power not only to heal, but also to forgive sins (Mt 2:5-12); he has come to heal whole man, soul and body; he is the physician the sick have need of (Mk 2:17). His compassion toward all who suffer goes so far that he identifies himself with them: ‘I was sick and you visited me’ (Mt 25:36). His preferential love for the sick has not ceased through the centuries to draw the very special attention of Christians toward all those who suffer in body and soul. It is the source of tireless efforts to comfort them. [Catechism of the Catholic Church, article 1503]
Parish Arrangements for the Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the sick takes place several times in St. Anthony’s on designated Sundays throughout the year, during 11.30am Mass. All are welcome. This sacrament will be administered also at any time according to the requests of those who need it by contacting the Parish Office, or by making direct contact with Fr. Larry White.