The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the sacrament of the anointing of the sick is not just for those who are at the point of death. These days, the sacrament can be administered to the sick or those about to undergo a serious operation to bring spiritual and physical strength.
A particular gift of the Holy Spirit, the first grace of this sacrament, is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age. This grace is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who renews trust and faith in God and strengthens against the temptations of the evil one, the temptation to discouragement and anguish in the face of death. This assistance from the Lord by the power of his Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God’s will. Furthermore, “if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” (CCC 1520)
For celebrations of the Sacrament of the Sick in emergency situations only which require the presence of a priest, please call 443-920-9111.
The names of sick parishioners may be added to the Sunday Eucharist Mass Prayers of the Faithful by calling the parish office at 443-920-9191.
If you or a member of your family is homebound or in a nursing home nearby and desires communion, a pastoral visit or Sacrament of the Sick, please contact Biji James via email or 443-920-9107.