The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening by the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520).
Those who are seriously ill need the special help of God's grace in this time of anxiety, lest they be broken in spirit and under the pressure of temptation, perhaps weakened in their faith. This is why, through the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with strongest means of support.
The Lord himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do likewise. This is clear from the gospels and above all from the existence of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which he instituted and which is made known in the Letter of James.
These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for "this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, 'He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.'"
The Sacrament of Anointing is offered at the First Friday Mass. Persons admitted to the hospital should immediately contact the parish office if they would like to receive communion or be anointed. Please do not wait until you are critical or near death.
Persons admitted to the hospital should immediately contact the Parish Office 480-982-2929 if they would like to be anointed. Do not wait until you are critical or near death.
If you are admitted for an emergency please call for a priest as soon as you are admitted. You do not have to be dying to be anointed. If you are calling to have someone anointed in the hospital please have the hospitals correct name and phone number, the persons full name, and the room number.
For those of you who may be going into the hospital for a scheduled procedure, please call the parish office and ask for an "Anointing of the Sick" BEFORE you go in to the hospital or see a priest after Mass.
If you are admitted for an emergency, please call for a priest as soon as you are admitted. You do not have to be dying to be anointed.
If you are calling to have someone anointed in the hospital, please have the hospital's correct name & phone number, and the person's full name & the room number.
Instruction for Emergencies
If you or someone you know is in critical condition or near death weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm call 480-982-2929. After hours and on weekends call 480-303-1253. Please do not use this service for any other reason.