The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
One of the Church’s Sacraments of Healing, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has had a long and confusing history. Some, unfortunately, still think of it as something the Church does just moments prior to physical death as a sort of “last rites”. This is far from the truth.
In the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Church prays that the person be freed from illness, or, if that is not possible, that the person receive the strength of faith to endure the suffering they are experiencing. In identifying with the suffering of Jesus on the cross, we pray that the person will also identify with the resurrection of Jesus from death to life. Also, there is strength and comfort present for the person to feel connected to the community of God’s people, who pray with and for them.
Anointing of the Sick within our Parishes
Residents of our three nursing homes are anointed during Mass every second month. The Mass of Anointing at Canossa is advertised in the parish newsletter and is open to all.
Please do not hesitate to call the parish office for an anointing prior to a major operation or for someone who is sick in hospital. You are strongly encouraged to not wait until it is too late.
For more information please call the parish on 4776 2600.