The Sacrament of the Sick
Like all the sacraments, holy anointing was instituted by Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry. The Catechism explains, "This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord" (CCC 1511; Mark 6:13; Jas. 5:14-15).
The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for "this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’" (Matt. 8:17).
The 'Sacrament of the Sick' is only celebrated/administered by a priest. If someone is going into hospital for surgery, or is seriously ill, or is growing weaker and weaker due to age, then they are encouraged to receive the Sacrament to give them strength and hope.
Please contact one of the priests if you wish to receive the Sacrament on 023 8033 4891 (after hours) or 023 8033 3589 during Office hours.
We have an 'Annual Mass of Anointing' usually on a dedicated Saturday Morning Mass in St Edmund