Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope this message finds you well and filled with the abundant blessings of our Lord. I invite you to reflect on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, per the Church’s teachings. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick holds profound theological significance within our faith. It is a Sacrament of healing, strengthening, and consolation for those facing physical, emotional, or spiritual challenges due to illness or advanced age. Our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ministry on earth, showed great compassion and love for the sick and suffering. In this Sacrament, we continue His healing mission, offering hope, grace, and the presence of Christ to those in need.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1499), the Anointing of the Sick confers special graces that help the recipients unite their suffering with the Passion of Christ. It brings comfort through the presence of the Holy Spirit and, if needed, offers the forgiveness of sins. It is important to note that this Sacrament is not exclusive to those on the brink of death but is intended for any Catholic who is seriously ill or facing significant health challenges.
Every First Friday, our monthly gathering for the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, follows after Mass and provides a beautiful opportunity for us as a community to come together in prayer and support for our brothers and sisters in need. We engage in a Holy hour, where we lift our intentions to God, seeking His healing and strength for those who receive the Sacrament. We conclude Holy hour with Benediction, a moment of adoration and thanksgiving for the gift of the Eucharist.
Whether you seek the Sacrament yourself or wish to lend your prayers and support to those who will receive it, I invite all of you to participate in this sacred gathering. Your presence, prayers, and acts of compassion are instrumental in creating an environment of love, unity, and solace for those suffering. By coming together as a faith community, we demonstrate our solidarity and express the love of Christ to those in need.
Please spread the word about this monthly gathering, especially to those who may benefit from the sacrament. Let us extend a welcoming hand to all who seek the healing and grace of the Anointing of the Sick. May the Holy Spirit guide and bless our gathering, filling our hearts with compassion, mercy, and the love of Christ. May those who receive the sacrament experience the peace that surpasses all understanding and find comfort in the healing touch of our Lord.
If you have any questions or need further information, or if any of your loved ones need the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please do not hesitate to call the parish office at (561) 488-1373, ext 9. I am here to assist and accompany you on your faith journey.
May God’s grace and abundant blessings be with you always.
In Christ’s love,Fr. Dominic Toan Tran, Pastor