Anointing of the Sick
“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14).
Many of us, perhaps, remember a time when this sacrament was celebrated only for those who were dying. However any illness (physical, mental or spiritual) of serious nature can be a legitimate reason to celebrate the sacrament. What’s more, the sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person’s condition becomes more serious.
Formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. Through the Sacrament, Christ strengthens them, reminding them that He and the Church are in communion with their suffering. The Holy Spirit shares the blessings of health if it be God's will, trust in God, and strength against temptation.
The Sacrament of Anointing is made available prior to surgery, hospitalizations or for any health concerns. Please notify the parish office, at 989-687-5657 ext. 0, of illness or if you are hospitalized.