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Anointing of the Sick 


Our parish priests anoint many people in hospitals, care facilities, homes and church. We have a special mass of anointing one day a month. All those who seek the sacrament of anointing are invited to this mass. Also, people who are to be hospitalised for operations are also eligible for the sacrament. People can contact the parish for these occasions. 

Any member of the faithful can receive this sacrament as soon as he or she begins to be in danger of death because of sickness or old age. The faithful who receive this sacrament can receive it several times if their illness becomes worse or another serious sickness afflicts them. 

This sacrament can be administered only by priests (bishops or presbyters). 

The celebration of this sacrament consists essentially in an anointing with oil which may be blessed by the bishop. The anointing is on the forehead and on the hands of the sick person accompanied by the prayer of the priest who asks for the special grace of this sacrament. 

This sacrament confers a special grace which unites the sick person more intimately to the Passion of Christ for his or her good and for the good of all the Church. It gives comfort, peace, courage, and the forgiveness of sins if the sick person is not able to make a confession. Sometimes, if it is the will of God, this sacrament even brings about the restoration of physical health. In any case this Anointing prepares the sick person for the journey to the Father’s House.

 

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