The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Anointing of the sick visits are on the First Friday of the month. Contact the Parish Office or the Parochial House to arrange a visit.
The following regulations are to be followed at all funerals:
- Appreciations or eulogies by family members or friends of the deceased should not take place in the Church but may take place after the Rite of Committal in the cemetery or when the family and friends gather.
- Readings at the Funeral Liturgy should be taken from the Lectionary – your Priest will supply you with suitable options.
- Secular songs, poems and texts devoid of a Christian content are out of place in the Funeral Liturgy.
- A post-Communion reflection of a prayerful nature can be given after Communion but this should be agreed beforehand with the Celebrant and should not be used as a cloak for a eulogy.
- If a visiting priest is officiating at the Funeral Mass he should be informed of these regulations and asked to abide by them.
- Priests will only engage with the family in relation to the Funeral Rite.
- Undertakers must contact the Parochial House or the Parish Office.