The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick, for its part, unites the sick with Christ's self-offering for the salvation of all, so that they too, within the mystery of the communion of saints, can participate in the redemption of the world."- Pope Benedict XVI,The Sacrament of Charity, 2007
Priests care for us when we are physically ill. They do this through the Sacrament known as the Anointing of the Sick. The Bible instructs us, "Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray...Is any one among you sick? He should summon the presbyters [priests] of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5: 14-15).
Anointing of the Sick helps us endure illness, uniting our passion with that of the Lord, and it cleanses our souls and helps us prepare to meet God.
At Epiphany Parish, Anointing is available upon request. If ever you are going to the hospital for a procedure that involves general anesthesia, it is appropriate to request Anointing. See a priest after any Mass. Annually, on the World Day of the Sick (February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes) and on the Feast of the Assumption, we offer communal Anointing at all Masses.
When God does call a loved one home, please call the Parish Office for information regarding funeral arrangements. A funeral luncheon for parishioners can also be arranged and is served by the funeral committee.
More information about Anointing of the Sick can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1499-1532)