We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at Mass: Saturday February 16th
Anointing “is not a sacrament for only those who are at the point of death” but is intended for all those who are seriously ill. Consequently, what we formerly called “Extreme Unction” is now more properly called “The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick”.
More has changed than the sacrament’s name. Our experience of the revised Sacrament of the Anointing has brought about a change in the way we think about the sacrament. For example: 1) This
sacrament (like all sacraments) is a community celebration; 2) sickness involves more than bodily illness; and 3) anointing heals us through faith.Offering the sacrament before one is in the final moments of life affords the patient a better opportunity to appreciate the prayers and symbols of the rite. Also, in light of a shortage of priestly vocations and increasing demands on the priest’s time, a priest may not be immediately available at the final moments of life.
The grace of the sacrament has the following effects: the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ for his or her own good and for that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; and preparation for the passing from this life to eternal life (Catechism 1532).At this time, we will also extend a blessing to all medical personnel, health care workers and caregivers. Finally, we would ask that those who wish to be anointed call the parish office at 732-270-3980 to register and to arrive with their caregivers approximately 20 minutes before the start of the Mass. There will be people available to write your name on an index card which your caregiver will give to the priest when he comes to anoint you.