The Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is provided by the Church for those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. Anyone who is seriously ill is eligible. In old age, almost any illness takes on a serious nature. A person may also receive the sacrament prior to a serious operation.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this about the Anointing of the Sick:
1532 The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:
– the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance; the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; the preparation for passing over to eternal life.
Communion to Hospitals, Nursing Homes and the Homebound is provided by our Eucharistic Ministers and our Pastoral Care Ministers.
For more information, contact Betsy Staal. For assistance outside of Parish Office Hours, please contact Eastside Pastoral Care for the on-call priest.
Viaticum is the last sacrament of the Christian life, and is celebrated when death is near. In this case, the sacrament of the sick encompasses a broader ceremony which includes Viaticum (last Communion—food for the homeward journey) and a blessing.
For more information, contact Betsy Staal or call 425-822-0295.