Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5: 14-15)
Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament that is received by those who are ill or suffering.
By the sacred anointing and the prayer of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are sick to Christ. The sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gifts of strength, faith, peace, and courage, and his or her suffering is united with the suffering of Christ for the building up of the Church.
Through the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Church carries out Jesus’ mission of compassion and healing for the sick. The one who is ill can also be a minister to others. By uniting their suffering to Christ, whose who are sick can be signs of faith and witnesses of Christ’s resurrection to the entire community.
Anointing Masses are celebrated occasionally at St. Alphonsus at Saturday evening Masses for anyone who is ill (physically or mentally). This sacrament may also be celebrated individually any time of the year by calling the parish priest at 724-935-1151.
Jesus’ compassion for the sick is a prominent feature of His public ministry.
He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people. His fame spread to all of Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them. (Matthew 4: 23-24)