Anointing of the Sick
Throughout the history of the Catholic Church a sacrament has been defined as: “a visible sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace.”
Within these words we hear three important and distinct statements:
- A visible sign : An action performed by a priest or deacon as in Baptism when the water is poured over the child’s or adult’s head.
- Instituted by Christ : Jesus instructed His followers through the church to offer the seven sacraments to His followers. The sacraments have been passed down through the centuries to all the followers of Jesus.
- To give grace : Grace is a free gift from God once we have given our lives to Him and receive Him in the sacraments our lives are filled with a special grace from God.
Annointing of the Sick
The Church has seven sacraments – of which one is the Sacrament of the Sick, or Anointing. Often times, when someone is facing a serious illness, they or someone should call the parish office and request a priest to administer the sacrament.
If a parishioner is in the hospital, they should request the hospital chaplain or a member of the hospital pastoral team to make the Sacrament of the Sick available.
Someone should also notify the parish office so a priest or pastoral minister can visit the sick person at home or in the hospital.
Please call 609-522-2709 if you have any questions.