Ministry to the Sick

Ministry To The SickJesus spent much of his time on Earth ministering to and comforting people struggling with illness or other physical difficulties. Here at St. Joseph we follow in his footsteps by reaching out to the sick and suffering and tending to their spiritual needs through the sacraments of Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist.

Anointing of the Sick-Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament that is offered to those who are seriously ill, dying, or have grown weak under the burden of years. If you or someone you know wishes to be anointed, please call the Parish Office and one of the priests on duty will arrange a convenient time to visit you in your home, nursing home or hospital.

Additionally, we offer the sacrament of Anointing following Mass each month on a rotating basis.  Please check the bulletin for time and dates.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 1499 “By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.”98

Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick Continued…

Because of illness or age, many of our fellow Catholics cannot join in the celebration of the Eucharist. To ensure that our suffering brothers and sisters can receive the Body of Christ in their time of need, St. Joseph sponsors the Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick through which Eucharistic ministers bring communion to Catholics in local convalescent hospitals and the homebound. These volunteers are a wonderful “invisible army” that works quietly, diligently, and lovingly to bring our Lord to those who could not otherwise receive communion.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:  1323 “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'”135

Contact:   Gina Bolinger