Anointing of the Sick and Reception of Communion for the Sick
“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.” (James 5:14-15)
Among the Seven Sacraments, there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness and to provide them with the strongest means of support. This sacrament is called the Anointing of the Sick.
This sacrament confers divine grace unto the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit. It imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude, enabling the sick person to bear suffering bravely.
Any parishioner who is seriously ill may request that a priest come and administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Also Long-term illness or old-age may prohibit a parishioner from attending Mass regularly. In that case arrangements can be made for Holy Communion to be brought to the parishioner at home by a priest or a Eucharistic Minister.
Call the Parish Center 908-688-1232 if you have such a need or if you know anyone who may benefit from this ministerial service.