Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick may be celebrated anywhere: at home, in a hospital, on a battlefield, etc. An ideal place and time is during the celebration of the Mass of the Anointing of the Sick. Holy Rosary offers a Caring Mass the First Saturday of each month at 8am in the Church. The reason for this is that the celebration of the sacrament is not a private action involving only the priest and the sick person. It is a communal action involving the whole body of Christ. As Saint Paul explains:
There is no division in the body .... If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it.
1 Corinthians 12:25-26
Elsewhere Paul compares the body of Christ to the human body. If one member is sick, the entire body is affected in a spiritual way. It is fitting, therefore, that others (especially family and friends of the sick person) be present during the celebration of the sacrament.
In most cases the condition of sick people is such that they are unable to be anointed during Mass. To arrange for a home or hospital visit, please contact the Parish Office.