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SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick brings God’s special blessings to those who are sick, elderly or dying. Sometimes this Sacrament helps people get well. This Sacrament helps those who are sick to face their illness with faith and trust in God.
Those who a gravely ill, in the hospital, or nursing home and need the Sacrament of Anointing. Wherever the sacrament is celebrated, it also comforts family and friends and helps them to pray for the sick, elderly, or dying. The two most important signs of this sacrament are laying on of hands and anointing with oil. When Holy Communion is given to a dying person, it is called Viaticum, which means “food for the journey.” Viaticum is often received along with Anointing of the Sick. Anointing is no longer called The Last Rites because it can bring peace, hope, and comfort to all who are ill, even if they are not dying. Anointing of the Sick can be a communal celebration in the Church or a private celebration by request of the family. The priest can also celebrate the sacrament at home or in the hospital.
Contact the Parish Office at 908-352-2271 or 908-352-2791 to arrange for the reception of this Sacrament.