Anointing of the Sick
"In the Church's sacrament of the anointing of the sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin - and sometimes, even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
"The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the sacrament.
A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
"When the sacrament of anointing of the sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person by physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serous illness or the frailty of old age." (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults)
What you need to know:
The anointing of the sick is celebrated anytime a person who is ill requests the sacrament. If a person is expected to enter the hospital, you are encouraged to contact the parish office. If a loved one is already in the hospital, again, contact the parish office to let us know. Due to privacy laws, hospitals no longer contact parishes regarding their parishioners admittance.
If death is imminent, a special Rite of Anointing is celebrated. Please, do not delay calling one of our offices as listed below.
Ss. Peter and Paul (219) 980-2693
(9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.; 9 a.m.-noon Fri.)
or after business hours for all parishes, weekends and holidays
St. Andrew the Apostle (219) 769-8534 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.)
St. Joan of Arc (219) 769-1973 (Mon.- Thurs. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.)
Please remember. . .
Outside of business hours, weekends or holidays, call the pastor's residence at Ss. Peter and Paul at (219) 980-2693.