Anointing of the Sick / Last Rites
Anointing of the Sick
The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness. For those who are suffering from any ailment; be it something “small”, something chronic like diabetes or depression, or something life-threatening, St. Bridget Church is available to perform the Anointing of the Sick sacrament.
For those about to depart from this life, the Church offers the person Penance, Anointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist as Viaticum (food for the journey) given at the end of life.
These are “the sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland” (cf. CCC, no. 1525). These rites are highly valued by Catholics as powerful aids to a good death. Since Holy Communion is the effective sign of Christ’s Paschal Mystery, it becomes for the recipient the opportunity to unite one’s own suffering and dying to that of Christ with the hope of life eternal with him. The special words proper to Viaticum are added: “May the Lord Jesus protect you and lead you to everlasting life. Amen.”
If you or a family member are in need of an Anointing or Last Rites, please call the parish office at 206-523-8787.