Sacramental Preparation

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

Please call the parish office on 0117-9823380 if you need a priest for anointing of the sick. If it is urgent in nature, please let us know immediately.

 

“Pain & suffering have come into your life,

but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus

– a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.”

– Saint Teresa of Calcutta

 

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness and for the strength, peace, and courage to bear the burden of illness. As Catholics, we are asked to see our sufferings as a way of being united with the sufferings of Christ.  

The Anointing of the Sick is one of the three repeatable Sacraments in the Catholic Church. The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age. Each time a Catholic is seriously ill, he/she may receive the Anointing of the Sick. The belief that the Anointing of the Sick should be received only in the moments before death, is a misconception.                                   .

The Sacrament is often received:

  1. Before surgery, or a serious medical procedure.
    2.      During a long-term or terminal illness.
    3.      Experiencing serious health issues.

The Anointing of the Sick also imparts the forgiveness of sins, and therefore can only be administered by a Priest or Bishop.