"Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven." - James 5:14-15
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a beautiful extension of the healing ministry of Christ into our lives today. Anyone who is life-threateningly ill, will be undergoing serious surgery, or has a serious chronic illness of body or mind can be strengthened in their time of sickness through the reception of this sacrament. Through it, we receive the forgiveness of sins and are united with Christ in his suffering for our salvation.
For more information about this sacrament you might want to check out the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
How to Celebrate the Sacrament
If you would like to be anointed, please call the parish office (616-392-6700) during normal business hours. If there's an emergency anointing needed, please call the parish office and leave a voicemail for one of the parish priests (extension 116 or 106). If you are in care of either Holland Hospital and Hospice both have contact numbers for our priests and can contact them in emergency situations.
In the event of a serious or terminal illness, or advanced age, we encourage you to contact us long before the time of death approaches, so that you or your loved one is able to be strengthened in their suffering through the grace God gives in this sacrament. As the Catechism notes, "The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived" (CCC 1514).