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Holy Family will be offering an Anointing Mass on Wednesday, August 28 at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Church. Several priests will be available for the anointing. Sacred Heart is conveniently accessible for people with wheelchairs. All are welcome.
Since the renewal of the sacraments after Vatican II, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has experienced changes. The very name for this sacrament has been changed; from Extreme Unction, which describes a sacrament for the dying, to Anointing of the Sick, which describes a sacrament for those who are ill. The sacrament confers a special grace on persons experiencing illness. The sacrament may be offered more than once, especially in the case of a person becoming seriously ill again or the worsening of a condition. The sacrament is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is a rite that conveys God’s grace through the power of the Holy Spirit.