The priests of the Community of St John or the Extraordinary Ministers, bring Holy Communion to the sick and to residents in rest homes. If you are unable to attend mass and would like to receive communion, please contact the parish pastoral assistant to make arrangements.
Anointing of the Sick
“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.” (CCC 1499)
Who can receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick?
The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects (CCC 1532):
- the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church.
- the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age.
- the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance.
- the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul.
- the preparation for passing over to eternal life.
Who can administer the sacrament of Anointing?
Only priests (bishops and presbyters) are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick. It is the duty of pastors to instruct the faithful on the benefits of this sacrament. The faithful should encourage the sick to call for a priest to receive this sacrament. (CCC 1516)
At St. Teresa, a Mass with Anointing of the Sick is celebrated twice a year, in the time before Christmas and before Easter.