We care for the sick because we see them as children of God and part of our human family. When one part of the Body of Christ suffers, we all suffer (1 Cor 12:26). The suffering of one impacts everyone. Thus, we are called to solidarity, which is responsibility on the part of everyone with regard to everyone. The Anointing of the Sick is intended to strengthen those who are elderly or seriously ill, to connect them to our community of believers, and to make God’s healing power known. Here is how the Catechism describes Anointing:
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.
The Anointing of the Sick is always available from one of our priests. If you know someone who is gravely ill, experiencing powerlessness, limitation, or finitude, contact the Parish Office either by email or by calling 312-842-6777 (STWS) or 312-842-7979 (SBWS). A priest can come and visit your loved one in the hospital or at home.