Anointing of the Sick is to offer prayers for possible recovery, with the more important intention to give strength to the soul of a sick person. Often, when people are sick, they get discouraged, depressed, angry, annoyed, and afraid. The Church believes that the sacrament offers a special grace to calm the spirit. If physical recovery is God’s will, so be it. If not, then the person needs the grace, strength, and encouragement to bear the illness with dignity.
Anointing of the Sick absolves all sins the person is sorry for but did not previously confess in Reconciliation. If the person can’t make a confession, the anointing compensates by forgiving sins they would’ve confessed to.
Because many sick and injured people recover nowadays, or at least go into remission, Catholics are able to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick as many times as needed. The elderly, people with many ailments, and those with a deadly or serious disease, chronic pain and suffering, or recurring illness, can and should be anointed often.
St Patrick’s, Beechwood – 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month 9:30am
St Peter’s, Long Flat – 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month 9:30am