The Lord instructed the Apostles to heal the sick; and the Church strives to carry out His instruction by taking care of the sick and accompanying them with prayers of intercession.
One way the Church does this is through a very special sacrament, one intended for the benefit of all who are sick – the “Sacrament of Anointing”. This sacrament, instituted by Christ, is attested to by Saint James: “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call in the presbyters of the Church and let them pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14-15).
During our regularly scheduled, 5:00pm Mass, on Saturday, September 28, our parish will be offering the “Sacrament of Anointing”.
We wish to encourage parishioners to receive this sacrament. Often, people are reluctant because they believe “the sacrament is only intended for those who are dying”. Be assured, that IS NOT the case. While the Sacrament of Anointing is given to those who are dying, it is also meant to be given to individuals who are:
· Seriously ill, including children old enough to experience the sacramental benefits;
· About to undergo surgery, due to a serious illness;
· Elderly and suffering the maladies of old age;
· Chronically ill or permanently disabled.
So, if you, or a family member, fit any of the descriptions above:
CALL THE RECTORY OFFICE AT (313) 532-4394; REGISTER YOUR NAME BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25; AND ATTEND THE 5pm MASS ON SEPTEMBER 28.
Part of God’s plan for each of us is that we should fight strenuously against all sickness; and carefully seek His blessings for good health. This special Mass on September 28, along with the Sacrament of Anointing, provide all of us an opportunity to do just that.
– St. Valentine Worship Commission