Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick – The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive has already arrived (Cat. #1514).
This Sacrament is administered to provide healing, both physically and spiritually, to those who are seriously ill, chronically ill, or advanced in age. The Sacrament is not just administered only to the dying.
Terms such as “extreme unction” and “last rites” are generally outdated
and no longer used after Vatican II, although Anointing is administered
to the dying along with Confession and Holy Communion.
Family members and members of our Christian community are called
on to encourage and sustain all sick persons.
Our church has prayer books on the
left side of the church where a person
may request prayers for the sick.
Occasionally our parish offers the
Sacrament of the Sick
in conjunction with Mass or another devotion
If you or a loved one would like to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please call Fr. Reichlen through the parish office at 570-223-9144.
For emergency calls after office hours, please call the number given.
Note that the priests and office staff do not always know whether a person is in the hospital because of confidentiality laws – therefore please call.
A Blessing Prayer for Those Who Are Sick
Excerpts from the English translation of Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum © 1982, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. All praise and glory is yours, Lord our God, for you have called us to serve you in love. Bless N., so that he/she may bear this illness in union with your Son's obedient suffering. Restore him/her to health, and lead him/her to glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Blessing Prayer for An Elderly Person Who is Sick
Excerpts from the English translation of Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum © 1982, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. All praise and glory is yours, Lord our God, for you have called us to serve you in love. Bless all who have grown old in your service, and give N. strength and courage to continue to follow Jesus your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Elderly, Bl. Pope John Paul II, 1999
Grant, O Lord of life, That we may savor every season of our lives as a gift filled with promise for the future. Grant that we may lovingly accept your will, and place ourselves each day in your merciful hands. And when the moment of our definitive “passage” comes, grant that we may face it with serenity, without regret for what we shall leave behind. For in meeting you, after having sought you for so long, we shall find once more every authentic good which we have known here on earth, in the company of all who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith and hope. Mary, Mother of pilgrim humanity, pray for us “now and at the hour of our death.” Keep us ever close to Jesus, your beloved Son and our bother, the Lord of life and glory. Amen!
Prayer For All About To Die
Lord Jesus Christ, as you stood by the bed of good Saint Joseph and gently led him home to heaven, so shepherd every soul about to die to a paradise of perfect peace. Let the tears we shed upon their passing stand witness to our love for them and the depth of our thanksgiving for the gift of their lives and the grace of a good death. For you are Lord, forever and ever. Amen