ANOINTING OF THE SICK MASS
We invite you to participate in the Anointing of the Sick Mass which will be celebrated on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00PM, beginning on December 1st. One may wonder what illnesses are considered serious enough to receive the Anointing of the Sick.
There is physical illness, when the body is suffering from a one time or chronic disease or injury. There’s also emotional or mental illness, thinking or feeling dis-ease which causes us to be in some danger of physical illness or harm. Another condition is old age. Just by virtue of living long, our bodies are at risk for illness, and our spirits can lose strength because of aches and pains that go with an older physical body.
This sacrament gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are sick. By this grace, the whole person is helped and saved, sustained by trust in God, and strengthened against the temptations of the evil one and against anxiety over death. Thus, the sick person is able not only to bear suffering bravely, but also to fight against it. (Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying, n.6)
The decision as to if one should receive the sacrament is completely individual. If in doubt, receive the sacrament.