Anointing of the Sick

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Anointing of the Sick….

“Heal the Sick” (Mt 10:8) The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as  by accompanying them in with her prayer of intercession.  She believes in the life-giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies.  This presence is particularly active through the sacraments, and in an altogether special way through the Eucharist, the bread that gives eternal life and St. Paul suggests is connected with bodily health. (CCC 1509).

 

The church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick:  This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament.  It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord.  (ccc 1511).

 

Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of the Catholic Church that is administered to a Catholic “who, having reached the age of reason, begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age.

 

Those who need anointing may contact the Parish office at 405-282-4239.