The sacrament of “Anointing of the Sick” is a special opportunity for the Lord’s healing power, to touch those who are experiencing an illness or the aging process. Any person afflicted with an illness, or aware of the limitations inherent in aging, is eligible for this sacrament. This includes the elderly, those anticipating in major surgery, post-surgical patients, those suffering with long-term disability, heart and stroke patients, and those experiencing emotional or physical stress.
The Apostolic Constitution Sacram unctionem infirmorum, following upon the Second Vatican Council, established that henceforth, in the Roman Rite, the following be observed:
“The sacrament of ‘Anointing of the Sick’ is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil—pressed from olives or from other plants—saying, only once: ‘Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.'” ~ from Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1513.
To arrange for this sacrament, call the Parish Office at (224) 345-7200. You can schedule to receive this sacrament in advance of surgery or treatment for serious disease or illness.
The community of St. James is anxious to share Christ’s presence in this manner. Celebration of Mass and the healing sacrament are scheduled annually. For information, contact the Parish Office at (224) 345-7200.