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Anointing of the Sick

If You are Experiencing an Illness, Injury, Impending Surgery or Weakness Due to Age, there is a powerful help available for you here in our Church. Most especially, we want you to be spiritually fortified and experience the peace that God alone can give. So it is natural and wise to turn to God, our Father, and to Jesus, our Savior, with your needs, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

The anointing of the sick is a sacrament of the Church in which the priest prays, lays hands, and anoints the sick person with blessed oil. It may be preceded by the sacrament of reconciliation and followed by Eucharist. The sacrament may be repeated if the recipient suffers from a different illness or injury or if the same illness or condition becomes more serious.

Elderly people may be anointed if they have become weakened even though no serious illness is present.

In the fall and spring of each year, the parish offers a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. We invite all who suffer in body, mind, and/or spirit to come and receive the prayers of the community and anointing. Within our community, our bonds of faith are formed by scripture and tradition, strengthened by prayer, celebrated in liturgy and nourished by the Eucharist. The presence of the community is a powerful witness of God’s presence with and for us. Our next communal celebration is March 11, 3 p.m. in the church. If needed, assistance with parking and walking into church will be available that day from our Knights of Columbus. This Mass fulfills your Sunday obligation. If you need a ride to church please call the parish office at 513-388-4466.

Another choice is to celebrate the sacrament at a weekday liturgy before going to the hospital, or you may celebrate the sacrament at home with family and friends gathered in support and prayer. Of course, should there be an emergency situation or you or someone in your family is incapacitated, the priest can come to the hospital, your home or other location. Call the parish office for assistance.