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.
The next Anointing Mass is Saturday, December 12th at 2:00pm.
If you or a loved one are planning for surgery and/or time in the hospital, we ask that you contact the Parish Office (285 -2698) to arrange for a sick visit. This will enable the community to pray with and for you, as well as set up a visit from Father Bastian.
Father Bastian is available for celebrating the sacraments of Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation and Eucharist.
Please remember, it is best to plan ahead for these visits and not wait until the last minute.
We also have Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound (Michele Jennings: 904-280-7646) as well as Home Visits thru Living Waters Prayer Ministry (Winnie Walsh: 982-5240 and Forrest Yankee: 850-866-2115)