The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for “this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matt. 8:17). St. Mark refers to the sacrament when he recounts how Jesus sent out the twelve disciples to preach, and “they cast our many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them” (Mark 6:13).
Who can be anointed?
The elderly can be anointed because of the aging process; those with serious illness, either physical or mental, and those who will undergo surgery soon. A person does not have to be in great danger of eminent death, but because we all should be ready to die when our Lord calls us home, those people who fit into any of these three categories should not postpone requesting the reception of this Sacrament. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for the living.
Anointing Masses are held twice a year, sometime in April and again in October.
In case of dangerous illness or accident, call the Parish Office at 813-839-5337 any time to be directed to the priest emergency phone line.
Please contact the Parish Office to arrange an appointment with a priest.