Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick: offered upon request, home or hospital, and scheduled periodically for the home-bound elderly or sick.
As the sacrament of Penance is “good for the soul”, so the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is good for the body. In the Letter of Saint James, the Church is admonished to pray, cry, sing and be as one with whatever the conditions of the Body of Christ. Lastly, “are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins will be forgiven the,.” This ancient apostolic mandate, recalling the healing ministry of Jesus, and carried on by the power of the Holy Spirit, gives life and health to the ailing members of the Body of Christ. An able-minded recipient is encouraged and welcomed to request the sacrament of Penance as well. In some cases, like the Sacrament of Penance, spiritual direction may be offered upon request.