Is there anyone sick among you? Let him send for the presbyters of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise hum up. If he has committed any sins, they will be forgiven. The Letter of James 5: 14-15.
Next Anointing Mass will be at St Kieran's at 10am, Wednesday 23rd August 2017
followed by morning tea in the parish centre.
When the Church cares for the sick, it serves Christ himself in the suffering members of his Mystical Body. When it follows the example of the Lord Jesus who went about doing good and healing all (Acts 10:38), the Church obeys his command to care for the sick (see Mark 16:18).
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is held during Mass in the parish once per quarter. The housebound and those who request such are visited in their homes several times a year when the Anointing is given and communion distributed.
Those faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age receive this sacrament. General Introduction to the Pastoral Care of the Sick. No. 8
The faithful should be educated to ask for the sacrament of anointing and, as soon as the right time comes (when impaired by sickness), to receive it with full faith and devotion. General Introduction to the Pastoral Care of the Sick. No. 13
The Catechism explains, "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; Mark 6:13; Jas. 5:14-15).
The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for "this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, 'He took our infirmities and bore our diseases'" (Matt. 8:17).