Funerals / Anointing of the Sick
One of the two Sacraments of Healing is Anointing of the Sick. The priest prays that they may be healed in body, mind, and spirit. Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament is primarily intended for any who suffer from serious or chronic physical or emotional illness or who struggle with the infirmities of age. “The first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1520).
One need not be in danger of death to receive this sacrament; nor does the Church anoint one who has already died. Those scheduled for surgery or a serious hospital stay may wish to request this sacrament prior to entering the hospital. The parish provides a communal celebration of this sacrament at one of the Sunday Masses once a year.
IN CASE OF DEATH: the Church does not anoint one who has already died. However, a member of the pastoral staff may be invited to minister to the family and lead the prayers at the time of death as provided by the Church.
For parents of a stillborn or miscarried infant: The Archdiocese of Saint Louis has provided a beautiful ritual for this difficult moment. Please contact one of the pastoral staff.
The Anointing of the Sick strengthens the person against the temptation of discouragement and anguish in the face of death. United in the passion of Christ, a person who suffers participates in the saving work of Jesus. The power of the sacrament is meant to heal the soul, and also the body if such is God’s will.
For an anointing, please make an appointment with a member of the pastoral staff by calling 314-373-8202.