Over the past year,, I have administered the Anointing of the Sick many times to members and friends of the St. Joseph’s parish community. It is always a moment of great grace and comfort, not only for the person who is sick, but also for their loved ones. The Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven sacraments of the Church that recalls the healing presence and power of Jesus in times when the faithful touch their mortality most vulnerably, like during a serious illness, when facing surgery, in the infirmity of advanced age, in recognition of mental or physical debility, and at the hour when death is near. Beautiful in its simplicity, the ritual includes readings from Sacred Scripture, prayers, laying hands on the head of the recipient, and the anointing with blessed oil on their forehead and palms of their hands. The Sacraments of Reconciliation and of Holy Communion are often celebrated at the same time, as may be necessary or possible. If you or a family member would like to receive the many graces and healing powers of the Anointing of the Sick, whether at home, in the church or rectory, or in a healthcare facility, please do let me know. I am happy to visit or meet.
With prayerful best wishes,
Fr. John Mahoney