The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14
OUR PRIESTS ARE VERY WILLING TO VISIT YOU AT HOME OR IN HOSPITAL TO ADMINISTER THIS HEALING SACRAMENT TO YOU OR A LOVED ONE. THE SACRAMENT IS ALSO MADE AVAILABLE SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE YEAR IN THE CONTEXT OF PARISH HEALING MASSES, SO YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THE SUPPORT OF OUR PRAYING COMMUNITY.
PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE ON 9448 4888, IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS OR REQUESTS THIS SACRAMENT.
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This sacrament is especially for any baptised person who is being tried by mental, spiritual or physical illness. This may include those who are gravely ill from sickness or old age or those about to undergo a serious operation.
“Those who are seriously ill need the special help of God’s grace in this time of anxiety, lest they be broken in spirit and, under the pressure of temptation, perhaps weakened in their faith. This is why, through the sacrament of anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support.” Specifically, “…the whole person is helped and saved, sustained by trust in God, and strengthened against the temptations of the Evil One and against anxiety over death. Thus the sick person is able not only to bear suffering bravely but also the fight against it. A return to physical health may follow reception of this sacrament if it will be beneficial to the sick person’s salvation. If necessary, the sacrament also provides the sick person with the forgiveness of sins…” (General Introduction of the Rites of Anointing and Viaticum)
To read or watch a video of Pope Francis speaking about the Anointing of the Sick, click here.