When someone mentions the Sacrament of the Sick most of us tend to believe it is reserved for those gravely ill or close to death. This is not the case. The Sacrament of the Sick is for anyone in need of healing, be it physical, emotional or spiritual. The Sacrament is meant to bring strength to the soul and the grace of the Holy Spirit upon those receiving it, to more easily bear the trials and hardships of sickness, and resist temptations.
Some examples where The Sacrament of the Sick may be administered
In addition to administering the Sacrament when someone is gravely ill or death is proximate the Sacrament may be appropriate to administer;
What exactly takes place during the sacrament?
- Prior to a medical procedure or hospital stay
- During an extended illness
- If you are experiencing emotional distress
- Facing a crisis of faith
How often can a person receive the Sacrament of the Sick?
- The priest begins with prayer, those present also participate in prayer with the responses
- There is a laying on of hands by the priest for healing
- The offering of the prayer of the faithful
- The anointing of the sick with oil blessed at the Mass of Chrism by the Bishop.
- If necessary, the sacrament also provides the sick person with the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
There is no limit to the number of times a person may receive the sacrament. If administered during an illness, if later the persons condition worsens the sacrament may be administered again. If the person recovers and they later fall ill again it may be repeated.
What to do when death is approaching?
The celebration of Viaticum (Via = Journey, ticum = Food) or Food for the journey, is celebrated with those who are preparing for death. The greatest gift we can bring with us on our journey to the Kingdom is the gift of Christ himself. During this celebration an Apostolic Pardon is granted and the dying person receives the gift of the Eucharist. Please do not wait until your loved one is unconscious and hours away from death to call a priest. We can celebrate Viaticum when death is proximate
How do I make arrangements to receive the Sacrament of the Sick?
Arrangements can be made to receive the Sacrament of the Sick by calling the Parish Office at
(313) 647-5000. You may also speak with Fr Andrew or Fr Tom after Mass to arrange for the sacrament.
HOW TO CONTACT A PRIEST IN
CASE OF EMERGENCY
If your loved one is at the Hospital
If your loved one is at home
- Tell the nurse to contact the on call chaplain. Both St. John and Beaumont have Catholic priests as chaplains.
- If you prefer, you may also call our parish office. If Fr. Andrew or Fr. Tom are available they will assist in any way possible. If they are not available our parish staff will contact a neighboring parish to assist you.
- Remember, God still works outside of the sacraments through our prayers
- Call the parish office (313) 647-5000. During weekdays the secretary or night staff have access to our cell phones and the office numbers of neighboring parishes
- After hours please call (313) 647-5030. The telephone rings in the office and the rectory. All attempts will be made to answer your call.
A few final words
Sacraments are celebrated for the living, not the dead, therefore Anointing of the Sick is reserved for the living. If your loved one passes before an anointing can take place we will come and pray with you that the love and mercy of God is with your loved one..