"Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the power of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven." // James 5: 13-15
The Lord himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do likewise. This is clear from the gospels, and above all from the existence of the sacrament of anointing, which he instituted and which is made known in the Letter of James. 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, that he may raise them up and save them (Rite of the Pastoral Care of the Sick, Par. 5).
This sacrament is offered to those in need of emotional, physical or spiritual strength. The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ.
If you or anyone you know would benefit from this sacrament, please let them know of this opportunity or bring them to one of the masses if they need assistance. We highly encourage anyone who is struggling with a serious illness of mind, body, or spirit, or who is anticipating surgery, to call to set up a time to be anointed.
If you would like to have a priest to visit, please contact the Rectory at (973) 623-0497.
The Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick provides Eucharistic visitation to those unable to attend Mass, such as the homebound, nursing home residents, and those who are hospitalized. The patients and residents of these facilities are brought the Eucharist and our Catholic fellowship in the form of comfort of presence, prayers, quality listening, love and compassion.
To schedule a visit from a Eucharistic Minister for yourself or a loved one, please contact the Parish Office. For more information about joining this ministry, please contact Fr. Bismarck.