Anointing of the Sick
In the past the sacrament of the sick was often associated with death. "Call the priest, to anoint grandma, because she is about to die." In the past people have seen it as a "Rite of Passage" from this life to the next. But the sacraments are always for the living. The anointing of the sick is an opportunity for the grace of the Holy Spirit to help those who are sick. Remember what St. James wrote in his letter to all Christians.
“Is there sick people among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church and let the priests pray over them anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins their sins will be forgiven them." (James 5:13-15)
The pain and suffering we experience when we are sick connects us to the pain and suffering of Christ on the Cross. When we celebrate the sacrament of the sick, we connect ourselves to the triumph of Christ over death. This connection binds us to Christ, strengthens the faithful who are afflicted and provides them with the strongest means of support. Does it mean that the individual will be healed? Perhaps not physically, perhaps so, but it does mean that Christ will touch their soul and often that is where the deepest healing is needed.
Many people have asked, "Who can receive." The following is from the introduction to the Sacrament of the Sick. "Great care and concern should be taken to see that those of the faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age receive this sacrament." (Seriously is used rather than gravely, to oppose restrictions upon the sacrament. On the one hand, the sacrament may and should be given to anyone whose health is seriously impaired; on the other hand, it may not be given indiscriminately to any person who health is not seriously impaired.)
If you, or someone you know would like to receive this sacrament, please contact the pastor immediately.