Anointing the sick

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The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for the healing and spiritual strengthening of those who are impaired by sickness or old age. A person who is to undergo surgery may also be anointed. This sacrament is for the sick and not only the dying, so please request the sacrament when illness is discovered. The Catholic Church teaches: “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)

The presence of loved ones and friends who pray along with the priest is important at the anointing. This sacrament can be celebrated at any time upon request. Please call the parish office on 01202 425286.