The anointing of the sick is a sacramental rite. A person is anointed to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an emotional, physical, or psychological illness. In the sacrament, we pray that the sick be healed in body, in soul and in spirit. God alone knows what kind of healing the sick need most: that a wound be healed; that a fear turn to confidence; that loneliness be embraced by the support of a praying community; that confusion in the face of all the whys—why me, why suffering, why now—turn to insight. The Sacrament of Anointing does not remove the mystery of human suffering. Yet its celebration gives us a window into the mystery of our loving God.
On the third Thursday of each month, Old St. Pat’s offers the Sacrament of Anointing as part of the 12:10 p.m. Mass. All are welcome, especially those who are sick or suffering in any way, mind, body, or spirit. There will be music at the Mass and the presider will be available in church to anoint any and all in need. Click here for future dates.
DURING THE MASS, WE PRAY FOR:
- The sick to be made whole and their caretakers be strengthened by faith
- People in broken relationships, that they may be given the strength only God’s love can bring
- All who have endured illness or brokenness and who wait in the hope of God’s healing care.
If you know of someone in need of support or the Sacrament of Anointing outside of the Mass, please contact Bernadette Moore Gibson at 312.493.8737