Parish Event » Communal Anointing of the Sick

On Saturday, October 14, we will celebrate the Communal Anointing of the Sick during the 5 pm Mass. This takes place during Mass to emphasize the fact that it is the whole church that is praying for her members who are sick. It is the whole church that asks the Father to send His Spirit to strengthen and encourage those who are suffering from sickness of any kind. The actual anointing takes place after the homily of the Mass, when the priest goes to each person to be anointed, first laying his hands on the person’s head (asking the Holy Spirit to come down upon those who are sick, and to strengthen them); and then anointing them on the forehead and on the hands, saying, “Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.” The response is “Amen.” “May the Lord who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up.” Response: “Amen.”

Who can be anointed? Those who are seriously ill; those temporarily ill or convalescing; the chronically ill; those who are emotionally or mentally ill; those preparing for surgery in the near future; those 65 and older; and sick children who have reached the age of reason. If you, or anyone you know fits into the above, please join us for this powerful prayer experience.