The Gospels narrate many occasions when Jesus healed the sick. While Jesus sometimes simply spoke words to accomplish a healing, he often touched the afflicted person to bring about the cure. In the Church’s Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin and sometimes even from physical ailments. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healings tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
There is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament of the Rite of Anointing. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again. The elderly may be anointed if they are in a weak condition even though no dangerous illness is present. Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be comforted by this sacrament. The faithful should be encouraged to ask for the anointing and to receive it with faith and devotion.
If you or someone you know would like to receive the Anointing of the Sick, please call the Parish Office at 978-692-6353 to contact one of our priests.