The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
This weekend’s Muse deals specifically with the healing
ministry of the Church highlighting the 9:30am mass
when those seeking healing will receive the Sacrament
of Anointing of the Sick.
Illness is part of life. At some point, each of us
experiences illness and it is through our Christian
faith that we can draw invaluable spiritual insights
while dealing with illness.
All four Gospels showcase Jesus’ healing ministry from
which we can clearly infer that Jesus understood the
horror and fear surrounding illness, both in the person
and in the society. At that time, in addition to physical
limitations due to illness, people also endured rejection
and expulsion from the community, in part because they
were deemed unclean. Jesus’ outlook on illness, however,
entailed compassion; He experienced the pain of others’
illnesses to the very core of His being and longed to heal
them and restore them to the community. But the real
miracle was not about the physical healing but the
healing of the soul and bringing the person to believe
in God through Christ.
The compassion in Jesus was commanded to the disciples
and continues in the Church today through the Sacrament
of Anointing of the Sick, during which the sick person also
receives reconciliation. While sickness can cause despair,
pain, and challenge, it also presents the opportunity to
receive God’s grace and strength and could act as a
conversion moment insofar as the sacrament affords
the opportunity to deepen our faith in Christ.
Traditionally, the laying of hands on the sick person by
the priest (following what Jesus and the disciples did)
signifies a sacred purpose, a changed reality, and a
blessing. It was also seen as a sign of mission, a
commission for God. Above all, in the practice of
the Church’s sacramental ministry, laying on of hands
invokes the Holy Spirit, seeking bestowal of courage
and strength on the sick person.
With Vatican Council II, the liturgical nature of the
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick was emphasized.
Liturgy is not a private act of worship, but rather an
action of the community of believers. Therefore, the
Rite of Anointing incorporates a liturgical sequence.
Vatican Council II also emphasized that the sacrament is
more to be seen as Christ’s healing ministry (James 5: 14-15)
which He instituted through the presbyters of His Church.
Because of the healing emphasis, this sacrament then was
deemed acceptable to be received more than once and
should not be reserved only for the moment of death.
Careful judgment about the gravity of the illness is
sufficient for one to receive the Sacrament. Also, persons
frail because of age can receive the Sacrament even
though no life-threatening illness exists and persons about
to undergo surgery may receive the Sacrament as well.
The prayed-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the
person will receive physical healing. Even if physical
healing is not realized, the primary effect of the
sacrament is spiritual healing. The anointed person is
granted the grace of peace and courage to deal with
the challenges of illness or old age. Another element
present in the Sacrament of the Sick is that a sick person’s
sins are forgiven if that person was unable to go to
confession before the Sacrament of the Sick was
administered. Accordingly, only a bishop or priest can
administer the Anointing of the Sick, using sacred oil
blessed by the bishop each year. This oil is central to
the healing ministry of the Church and is reserved for
Thus, I encourage parishioners experiencing illness to
make every effort to receive the Sacrament of the Sick.
If you are unable to leave home, please call the rectory
office at 847-729-1414 so arrangements can be made
for you to receive the Sacrament at home. If you are
admitted to the hospital, be sure to indicate that you
are a Catholic and request Pastoral Care. Often, the
chaplain will contact the parish and request a priest
for you. At Glenbrook Hospital, priests from OLPH,
St. Norbert, and St. Catherine take turns to accommodate
patients’ sacramental needs. I am responsible on Tuesdays
and Wednesdays for ANY priestly duty at Glenbrook
Hospital. Lutheran General has a full-time priest, but
also parishes near the hospital take turns covering
I pray you or a loved one will not miss an opportunity
to partake in this Sacrament if and when in need.
I always make myself available for this crucial ministry.
I thank all Ministers of Care for praying with and giving
communion to the sick in our community. Thanks in
particular to Zeny de Guzman and Michael Field for
their leadership in the Ministry of Care. Your dedication
and love for your ministry brings the healing touch of
Jesus. God bless you for the good work you do.
May God bless you and your family.
With you a Christian, for you a priest.
We are actively
searching for the new Director of Music.
Following are key responsibilities of this
position and some of the qualifications we seek:
Duties and Responsibilities
- Plan and coordinate the entire music program, providing
leadership and resources to all musicians
- Coordinate Sunday liturgies, weddings, funerals, holy
days and special occasions
- Primarily responsible for the music selection of all regular
and special celebrations
- Work with Church choirs and cantors; coordinate with
and be a resource to school music teacher
- Regular meetings with the pastor, staff and liturgy
- Maintain the music library
- Supervise maintenance of all parish instruments
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music; masters’
- Proficient with organ, piano, and/or voice
- Deep understanding and appreciation for Catholic
liturgy and theology
- Committed to developing and maintaining active
- Knowledge of the complete tradition of Catholic music
- Background in selection of appropriate music for liturgies
- Experience in leading choirs and working with cantors
- Enthusiastic, dynamic, outgoing personality
- Ability and openness to working with people of all ages
- Ability to recruit and train parishioners for parish choirs
- An approach to ministry rooted in prayer and reflection
If you know someone who would be interested in this
position, contact the rectory or Fr. Lara who can be
reached at 847-729-9234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.