Anointing of the Sick

Through this holy anointing
may the Lord in his love and mercy help you
with the grace of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
May the Lord who frees you from sin
save you and raise you up.  Amen.

(from the Rite of Anointing of the Sick)

“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.  The celebration of this sacrament consists especially in the laying on of hands by the priests of the Church, the offering of the prayer of faith, and the anointing of the sick with oil made holy by God’s blessing.”  (from the Introduction to Pastoral Care of the Sick, #5)

Sacramental anointing is available upon request at any time.  It can be given in a hospital, at home, or in the church surrounded by the community.  It may be given to anyone whose health is seriously impaired, who is facing surgery, or whose health is failing due to age. Sick children are to be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament.

For more information or to request Anointing of the Sick, please call the Parish Office at (916) 481-5115 or for more information.


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