Properly called, “The Sacrament of Healing,” Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament ministered by the Church to those who are ill, infirmed, or those anticipating or recovering from surgery to give comfort, peace, and courage to the person suffering. “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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Sacred Heart offers this Sacrament to all members of the parish and its celebration can be easily arranged:
- When you are attending Mass, and, e.g., are anticipating surgery, simply ask one of the priests to celebrate the Sacrament with you.
- If unable to be present at the church and you or someone in your family is in need of this Sacrament, please call the Parish Office at 813-229-1595 to arrange for a visit from one of our priests.
In the case of serious accidents, death, or a patient actively dying:
- If your loved one is at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), please call their Pastoral Office at 813-844-7603. The friars serve as on-call chaplain, and they will immediately contact us.
- Otherwise, please call the Parish Office at 813-229-1595. After hours and on weekends, please listen for the Emergency Telephone number. One of our friars will answer or will quickly return your call.
What about Last Rites?
Is Anointing of the Sick the same as “Last RItes?” In the event of a loved one actively dying, the priest will celebrate “Last Rites,” which consist of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Communion. Clearly the patient’s medical condition may alter or limit the way any one of the Sacraments can be celebrated.