In his lifetime on earth, Jesus constantly showed his love and concern for the sick. The Church continues his mission of mercy through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which is meant for persons who are:
- Seriously ill;
- In failing health, whether at home, in a nursing home or in a hospital;
- Suffering from chronic illness;
- Preparing for or recuperating from surgery;
- Undergoing serious medical treatment such as chemotherapy.
Anointing conveys God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Anointing should be done prior to going into the hospital for planned procedures.
Anointing is for the sick, and the sacrament of Viaticum is for the dying. Therefore it is important that a person be anointed at the very beginning of an illness, and then receive Holy Communion as Viaticum at the end of their lives. At SFB our parishioners are trained to administer the last rites of Viaticum, Commendation of the Dying, and Prayers After Death.
The clergy of Ozaukee County provide quarterly anointing of the sick to residents of Ozaukee County nursing facilities (e.g., Lasata, Mequon Care, etc.).
All sacraments are for the living. Consequently, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is not given to those already dead. However, family members have needs at this difficult time, and this is a part of the parish’s ministry. Please call the parish office at (262) 377-1070 for assistance.