"The Lord himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare
of the sick and commanded his followers to do likewise…
since then the Church has never ceased to celebrate this sacrament
for its members by the anointing and prayer of its priests,
commending those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord…"
General Introduction to the Pastoral Care of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick
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 and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.
Elderly people and people whose health is seriously impaired are urged to come and celebrate together in this Eucharistic liturgy. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is an action of the community whereby all members are concerned for one another. St. Paul tells us, "as one member suffers, all suffer, and as one member shares in the joy of the Sacrament, all share in the joy of the Sacrament." The group, coming together for communal anointing, is a great sign of a concerned community celebrating a joyful Sacrament. The parish typically holds Anointing of the Sick Masses annually.
Our next Anointing of the Sick will be held the weekend
of May 20/21, 2017, after each of the Masses.
We pray for those that are sick or are in need of healing whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. This sacrament of healing derives from the ministry of Jesus and has been practiced in the Church from its earliest days as we find recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. It calls upon the power of the Holy Spirit, the prayer of the believing community, the ministry of the ordained, and the baptismal faith of the individual presented for anointing. This sacrament carries the promise of the strengthening presence of God who says to the sick, "Be not afraid. I am with you." Further, when the Anointing is celebrated in a Eucharistic Liturgy, our communion in the Body of Christ is both affected and witnessed. "You are not alone," Christ speaks through his Body, both in sacrament and in the people of God.
Reasons to ask for the anointing include: having a chronic illness, mental or emotional illness, the infirmity of old age, impending surgery, a condition of permanent or temporary disability, diagnosis of serious ill health.
Please be sure to call the Parish Office (330-274-2253) with any special prayer requests or any concerns for which you would like prayers. Those anticipating surgery and/or a hospital stay should be anointed. This can be requested at any time and it is encouraged that those wishing to be anointed contact the parish well in advance of going to the hospital or having the surgery. St. Joseph Church wants to be with you at these times in your life.
Publication of Names of Parishioners who are ill and deceased members: Due to privacy regulations and laws, the names of parishioners who are ill can appear in the parish bulletin only if it is specifically requested by the person or by an immediate family member with the person's permission. The name of a deceased member will be included in the weekend Prayers of the Faithful and the bulletin only after publication in the newspaper.
Hospital/Nursing Home Visitation
Please be aware, due to patient privacy regulations and laws, hospital and health care facilities (i.e. Nursing homes, Rehab Centers) will no longer contact the parish unless the patient or an immediate family member (with the patient's permission) specifically requests notification be made.