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Caring for the sick and the dying is a very important part of the love we share and show one another as a community, and in the way we value life as Christians. In this, we take example first and foremost in the life and ministry of Jesus, who healed many, and always took time to visit the sick and the dying. The parish staff is available for support and pastoral advice on care for the sick and dying.
In their Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities from November 2001, the U.S. Catholic Bishops wrote:
“We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.”
This ministry provides Holy Communion to those who are unable to join the community at Mass, either temporarily or for an extended period. Lay ministers visit homes, hospitals, and nursing homes, uniting the homebound to the other members of the parish through the body of Christ. To request a visit or to volunteer for the ministry please contact Carola Shepard using the contact information below.
The anointing of the sick offers an opportunity for spiritual healing and community prayer for people suffering physically, emotionally or mentally. This sacrament used to be called “extreme unction,” an expression that caused some misunderstandings. Anointing of the sick, or extreme unction, is not reserved for the dying. Rather, it is – chronologically – the last sacrament of anointing, after baptism, confirmation, and for clergy holy orders.
The anointing of the sick is a sacrament that allows for the community to come together and pray especially for its members in need of healing. As a sacrament, thus, it creates a space for both the community to gather and show support to the suck, and also for individual members to seek healing and grace through the sacrament.
At St Ignatius Church, the sacrament of the anointing of the sick takes place the second Saturday of the month at the 12:05pm Mass. To arrange an individual anointing, call 415.422.2188.
Below are some references that might be helpful to consider for health care choices: