Caring for the sick and the dying is an 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 from 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.”
Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound.
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 to the right.
Anointing of the Sick
Anointing offers an opportunity for spiritual healing and community prayer for people suffering physically, emotionally or mentally. This sacrament was formerly known as “Extreme Unction,” an expression that caused some misunderstanding. Anointing of the Sick is not reserved for the dying. Rather, it is – chronologically – the last sacrament of anointing, after Baptism, Confirmation, and for clergy Holy Orders.
Anointing of the Sick allows for the community to come together and pray especially for its members in need of healing. It is a spiritual opportunity to show support for the sick, and for individual members to seek healing and grace through the sacrament.
At St Ignatius Parish, the Anointing of the Sick takes place on the second Saturday of the month after the 12:05 pm Mass. To arrange an individual anointing, call the Parish office at 415-422-2188.