Jesus came to heal the whole person, body and soul.
In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.
Twice a year at St Pascal's the sacrament of anointing of the sick is celebrated in a beautiful communal setting at all Weekend liturgies. Please consult the parish calendar and bulletin for upcoming dates.
Arrangements may be made for you or a member of your family to receive this sacrament at any time by calling the Parish Office at 651.774.1585.
Please Note: Due to privacy laws, hospital staff can no longer ask the parish affiliation of patients. They can no longer notify parishes of the hospitalization of parishioners. If you or a family member is hospitalized and wishes a visit from the parish, we must be informed by you of the hospitalization.