In the Sacrament of the Sick, a Priest prays for the sick person and anoints them with oil for their outward and inward healing and for the forgiveness of their sins.
In the past, this sacrament was commonly known as “the last rites”. Today we emphaises the importance of anointing all who are sick for their physical and spiritual healing. In cases of sickness, please inform the parish priest as soon as possible.
Do not assume the priest automatically knows when someone is ill! Anyone due to go into hospital should inform the hospital Reception, the Nurses etc that they would like the Catholic Chaplain to visit them.
Another source of spiritual comfort, for those who are not able to attend Sunday Mass, is Holy Communion when brought by a Priest or a lay minister. This can be easily arranged on individual occasions, or as a regular weekly or monthly visit, depending on circumstances. Please contact us at the parish priest office.
If the sick person is in hospital, it is best to make contact with the hospital’s appointed Catholic Chaplain (usually obtainable through nursing staff or the hospital’s chaplaincy department) as well as their Parish Priest. It is important to make a specific request to see a Catholic Priest, even if the patient stated their religion as Catholic when they were admitted to hospital, because data protection laws do not permit chaplains to have access to this information.
Contact us for more information.