Anointing of the Sick
"Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters (priests) of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of Lord..... If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven." James 5:14-15
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is one of the healing sacraments of the Church and is not meant only for those 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 to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived. (CCC 1514).
An illness of a serious nature is sufficient reason for the Sacrament. Additionally, impending surgery or when suffering from the frailty of old age are also appropriate reasons to request or celebrate this Sacrament. Sick children, too, may be anointed if they have sufficient reason and understanding to be comforted by it.
The Sacrament is best experienced at the onset of serious illness, when the patient, at home or at church, and surrounded by family and friends, can derive strength and consolation from its prayers. Anointing should never be intentionally postponed until the last days or hours of life.
Anointing of the Sick is regularly celebrated in the parish on a quarterly basis following the 5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass. The specific date is published in the Parish Bulletin. Should you require the Sacrament at a different time, please contact the Parish office (770-381-7488) to schedule an appointment.
Emergency Requests for the Sacrament of the Sick
Emergency requests for the Sacrament of the Sick should be made by calling the Parish office at 770-381-7488.
In the Hospital?
Because of HIPAA Privacy regulations, hospitals can no longer contact the parish regarding your hospitalization. It is the responsibility of you or a family member to notify our parish. We desire to offer whatever spiritual support we can. Please contact the Parish Office at (770-381-7488)