Anointing of the Sick

"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ." (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1499)

St. John the Baptist offers the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick several times a year. This Sacrament is offered to all of those suffering from serious physical illness, to the elderly burdened with infirmities of age, and to anyone about to undergo major surgery. No longer limited to those near danger of death, this Sacrament, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, helps a sick person to resist temptation, ease anxieties, and strengthen faith in God's power. Those receiving the Sacrament also find comfort in the communal prayer and personal presence of all parishioners who attend this celebration. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is announced in our weekly bulletin as the date approaches. If you are interested in finding out when the next is scheduled, please contact the Parish Office

 

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