The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing that is offered to anyone who is in need of the healing presence of the Lord.
Masses that include the Anointing of the Sick are celebrated monthly in Warrigal Care Albion Park Rail, and as part of the monthly special liturgy of the word and communion service at Ridgeview – the aged care facilities within the Parish. People often regularly request to be anointed before having operations, or when they have received a medical diagnosis. If you would like to be anointed, there is never a problem in approaching Fr Rick after any Sunday or weekday Mass to be anointed immediately.
If you would like to receive the Anointing of the Sick – either for yourself or a family member or friend – just call the Parish Office with the details (02 4256 2038), or call Fr Rick on 0401 621 591.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK: One of the seven sacraments, also known as the “sacrament of the dying,” administered by a priest to a baptised person who begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age, through prayer and the anointing of the body with the oil of the sick. The proper effects of the sacrament include a special grace of healing and comfort to the Christian who is suffering the infirmities of serious illness or old age, and the forgiving of the person’s sins (1499, 1520, 1523, 1526–1532).
1499 “By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The following article from Pope Saint John Paul II’s encyclical letter Ut Unum Sint (1995) may also be of interest:
46. In this context, it is a source of joy to note that Catholic ministers are able, in certain particular cases, to administer the Sacraments of the Eucharist, Penance and Anointing of the Sick to Christians who are not in full communion with the Catholic Church but who greatly desire to receive these sacraments, freely request them and manifest the faith which the Catholic Church professes with regard to these sacraments. Conversely, in specific cases and in particular circumstances, Catholics too can request these same sacraments from ministers of Churches in which these sacraments are valid. The conditions for such reciprocal reception have been laid down in specific norms; for the sake of furthering ecumenism these norms must be respected.