Anointing of the Sick
The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is appropriate any time a believer becomes ill, is in danger of death, is suffering from a decline due to advanced age, or is facing serious surgery. It is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical illness, but also for mental and spiritual sickness illness. For example, one ought to request this Sacrament before undergoing serious surgery or any procedure where there may be some risk either because of advanced age or because of the invasiveness of the procedure. The Sacrament can be repeated, even during the same illness, when the illness is prolonged or when it becomes more serious.
The Anointing of the Sick is ministered by priests by a laying on of hands and an anointing with blessed oil. The prayer of blessing is as follows:
"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."
If you wish to be anointed, please call the church office at (952) 469-4481 for a priest if you would like to arrange Anointing of the Sick for yourself or a loved one. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) can take place at this time as well.
Either Fr. Thomas Wilson or Fr. Ghad VanHoose can be reached for this purpose at (952) 469-4481. In case of an emergency, please call as soon as possible. Outside of office hours, an operator will contact one of the priests.