The Anointing of the sick is the sacrament through which Christ is present to us as healer of body, soul and mind. The sacrament of the sick is intended for those who are seriously ill rather than at the point of death, or of an age where they may feel the need for strength and peace. Like all the sacraments, the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration, whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons.
We can ask for the sacrament for ourselves or others. The sacrament is especially appropriate for anyone who is going to have an operation and go under general anaesthetic regardless of prognosis or general health. If you are a Catholic and would like to receive the Sacrament, please contact the Parish Priest via the office in good time so that the celebration of this Sacrament may be duly arranged.
“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.”
Illness and suffering have always been among the gravest problems confronted in human life. In illness, man experiences his powerlessness, his limitations, and his finitude. Every illness can make us glimpse death. Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to him.