Anointing of the Sick
All Souls Catholic Church cares deeply about its parishioners in the days of decline and final sickness through its pastoral and sacramental ministry. Visits to the sick and dying extend the ministry of All Souls’ parish.
Three sacraments bestow Christian hope and healing:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick are the two sacraments of healing. They confront the presence of sin and the effects of discouragement and doubt. Since both require the ministry of a priest, it is best to arrange an appointment with one of the parish priests so both can be celebrated together. These sacraments strengthen a person's ability to cope with life-destroying illness and prepare to meet Christ. Healing, even if not physical, will be spiritual or emotional.
For this reason, these sacraments are not to be left to the moment before death. Rather they are to be received as soon as one realizes that an illness is serious and very well may lead to death. A good time for the anointing is before one undergoes surgery. The Anointing of the Sick can be received again if a person relapses after recovery or if the person‘s condition significantly worsens. The elderly may receive the sacrament at intervals. On occasion, the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated communally at a parish Mass.
The third sacrament is Viaticum, Holy Communion for the dying. As “the last sacrament,” a dying Catholic receives Eucharistic food for the final journey to the Lord. This sacrament can be received frequently, even daily, and ministered by commissioned family members or friends.
Call All Souls Parish early on at 407-322-3795 so that the parish can accompany the sick on their journey. If the sick person is hospitalized, please provide the patient’s name and room number.