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Jesus came to heal the whole person,

body and soul.

Anointing of the sick is offered to those who have a serious illness.

Many are confused about this sacrament. They consider this may be received only once in a lifetime; for those preparing for their entrance into heaven. Some consider this sacrament a simple blessing or call the priest to give the dying person their Last Rites (responses for the deceased).

The Rite of Anointing can only be administered by priests. It can be administered to someone going through surgery no matter their age. If they are not baptized, baptism can be celebrated partially. 

 

It can also be administered to:

  • someone who suffered a serious injury in an accident ​(d. Rite of Anointing, Introduction, nos. 8-10).

  • someone with a terminal illness beginning a new treatment. 

  • pregnant women although delivery is not going to be risky.

  • Our elderly loved ones who are healthy can also receive the anointing every 5-6 months. The sacrament will give them the strength and lucidity to accept with resignation the sadness and the anguish.

  • If it is administered to someone who is conscious, the sacrament may be a triple sacrament because the priest can hear confession, anoint and give communion.

  • No donation is required!

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.

~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Please call the Parish Office and we will arrange a convenient time for a priest to visit you in your home, convalescent home or hospital. Due to coronavirus, priests are anointing only those in a emergency.

9647 Beach Street, Bellflower, CA 90706 

Phone: (562) 867-2337 • Fax: (562) 867-4863

Email: office@saintbernardcc.org

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