St Josephs will be having an anointing mass supported by the Elderly Ministry and the Italian Catholic Federation on Wednesday October 19th at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM. There will be a luncheon following the 11:00 AM Mass in the St. Josephs Hall.
Last week Father Wayne emphasized that we often wait, when we don’t have to wait, for the Sacrament of the Sick.
Our Catechism states:
“A particular gift of the Holy Spirit. The first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace, and courage to overcome the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age. The 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. Further more, “if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
Union with the passion of Christ. By the grace of this sacrament the sick person receives the strength and the fight of uniting himself more closely to Christ’s Passion: in a certain way he is consecrated to bear fruit by configuration to the Savior’s redemptive Passion.
Suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning; it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus.”
The basis for the Sacrament comes from James:
“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ”. James 5:14-16
So come, and participate in the Grace and Mercy of God.