Anointing of the Sick at All Masses October 10th & 11th
Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament that is received by those who are ill or suffering. By the sacred anointing and the prayer of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are sick to Christ. The sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gifts of strength, faith, peace, and courage, and his or her suffering is united with the suffering of Christ for the building up of the Church.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is both “a liturgical and a communal celebration.” In the family home, hospital, or church, members of the Body of Christ gather for the sacramental rite led by a priest. The Penitential Rite followed by the Liturgy of the Word and sacramental anointing of the sick can inspire and comfort both those who are ill and their family and friends who are gathered. Many parishes have communal celebrations at which many persons receive the sacrament. These sacramental celebrations are a “source of strength amid pain and weakness, hope amid despair” and a “joyful encounter” for the entire community.
– “Anointing of the Sick”, USCCB
We will celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick at all Masses the weekend of October 10th & 11th. The Prayer Shawl Ministry will be outside in the courtyard after all Masses with shawls for distribution. Many blessings are prayed into each and every prayer shawl. Shawls can be given for: undergoing medical procedures; comfort after a loss and bereavement; during times of stress; prayer or meditation; birthing and/or nursing a baby; joyous bridal shower or wedding gift; during an illness and recovery; tireless ministering to others.