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Anointing of the Sick

Only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

From Sacred Scripture:  Mark 6:12-13


So they went out and preached that men should repent.  And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.

Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

From the Rite of Anointing and Care of the Sick

The sacrament of anointing prolongs the concern which the Lord himself showed for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick, as the gospels testify, and which he asked his followers to show also.  This sacrament has its beginning in Christ and is spoken of in the Letter of James:  the Church, by the anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests, commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them (see James 5:14-16).  Moreover, the Church exhorts them to contribute to the welfare of the people of God by associating themselves freely with the passion and death of Christ (see Romans 8:17).  The man who is seriously ill needs the special help of God's grace in this time of anxiety, lest he be broken in spirit and subject to temptations and the weakening of faith.

Introduction, Anointing and Care of the Sick, Section II.A.5., The Rites of the Catholic Church as revised by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council

Anointing of the Sick at Saint Luke Catholic Church

Anointing of the Sick may be requested by calling the Parish Office.  In addition, healing Masses and anointing are celebrated throughout the year.

Contact the Parish Office by calling (203) 227-7245.

Father Daniel O'Reilly

Columbia Catholic Ministry

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