”Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray…Is any one amoung you sick. He should summon the presbysters [priests] of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer 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 5:14-15).
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a gift from the Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a liturgical and communal celebration appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. It is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, and also of the body if such is God’s will. If the person is conscious of grave sin, the sacrament of Anointing should be preceded by the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Our priest at St. James offer Anointing of the the Sick. To request to an Anointing of the Sick for a family member who is seriously ill or in the hospital, please contact the church office 912.355.1523 to speak with one of the priests.
When a Loved One is Sick
The priest and Ministry of Care members visit persons who are hospitalized or confined to their home. Please notify the church office when a family member is in need of a priest or a Minister of Care at 912-355-1523.
There is a Book of the Sick at the poldum in the narthex as you enter the Church. Each weekend please write the names of the sick family members and friends for whom you would like us to pray at Mass. During the Prayers of the Faithful (Petitions), we will pray for all the people whose names are written in the Book of the Sick. These intentions will also be remembered at daily morning Masses.
When God calls a Loved One Home
Arrangements are made with the parish through your funeral home. The family meets with one of the priests before the funeral. If you need help in planning and celebrating the funeral liturgy of a loved one, St. James offers a book, ”Through Death To Life”. Please stop by the church office to pick up a copy.