The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, like the sacrament of Penance is a sacrament of healing. Traditionally it was reserved for those seriously ill and in danger of dying and was known as the Last Rites. Nowadays the sacrament is available for all those who are unwell, be that physical, mental or emotional sickness. The sacrament involves anointing the forehead and the palms of both hand with the Oil of the Sick. It is most frequently administered to the sick confined to their own homes with Holy Communion during the monthly First Friday visits, also during hospital and nursing home visitations and during healing liturgies in church. It is believed that the sacrament conveys special graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520) on those anointed.
If you are aware of anyone who is unwell at this time, in hospital or confined to their own homes and would like a First Friday visitation (or visit at any other time) from one of the priests in the parish please notify Evelyn or Kay in the parish office (0504) 35772, Pat or Michael in the sacristy or one of the priests who would be only too happy to oblige.