It has been our custom over th epast few years to celebrate a Mass with the Anointing of the Sick. This liturgy is scheduled to take place this Tuesday, October 18, the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, Patron of Physicians. We are pleased that "our own" Father Gene Savarimuthu will be the celebrant and homilist of this Mass at 7:00 PM
The Catechism teaches us that "the Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death." "The faithful," the Church reminds us, "should not follow the wrongful practice of delaying the reception of the sacrament. A sick person may be anointed before surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the surgery. The elderly may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present." Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason.
Let us appreciate the gift of this holy sacrament that is such a help to the sick who are in need of God's grace. It unites them to the passion of Christ and offers them strength, peace, and courage to overcome the difficulties that are associated with illness. I hope that you will consider attending this special Mass and/or encourage others to do so.
Msgr. Tom Gervasio