Anointing of the Sick

“As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.  Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and the disciples told Jesus about her at once.  He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up.”  Mark 1:30-31

Everyone at some time or other will experience illness or suffering. The Gospels relate numerous times of Jesus healing the sick by the laying on of hands or a simple touch.  He healed all who were in need of healing.  The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a continuation of this healing   ministry of Jesus.

Who should present themselves for anointing?
Members of the faithful, of all ages, who are physically/ mentally ill or of old age may present themselves for anointing.   The question to ask yourself, will I benefit from Christ’s healing touch and the prayers of the Church?    Serious illness, disability or impending surgery is good reason to request Anointing.  For a scheduled surgery, anointing can occur prior to admission to the hospital.

When Should the Sacrament of anointing be celebrated?
            Because of its very nature as a sign, the sacrament of the anointing of the sick should be celebrated with members of the Christian Community or members of ones family.  Communal anointing is a powerful witness to the church community.  Those who present themselves for anointing are expressing their dependence on God and acknowledging their own limitations.

Where should the anointing of the Sick take place?
1.  Communal anointing usually takes place during the celebration of Mass.
2.  In the Home of a seriously ill person who is confined to the home.
3.  Within the hospital emergency room, ICU, or patient rooms.

The presence of family or friends is encouraged for anointing’s outside of church.

How do I go about getting anointed if I am in the hospital?
            If you are in the hospital, notify a nurse on the floor.  Tell her/him that you are a Nativity parishioner and would like to be anointed.  She/He will inform the Chaplaincy Office of the hospital who in turn will page one of the Nativity Priest. For other emergency anointing’s, call the parish office and they will page the Priest on call.
Contact Persons:
Father Kevin Boucher – 701-232-2414, ext. 123
Father Reese Weber    – 701-232-2414, ext. 122
Sister Sharon Houle – 701-232-2414, ext. 126
Office:  701-232-2414

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