Communion is taken by Father Neil or a Eucharistic Minister to the hospital or homes of the sick if requested.
When in hospital make sure your religion is registered as Roman Catholic and inform the ward staff that you would like to avail the ministrations of the Catholic Chaplain.
If you or your loved ones are housebound or about to go into hospital and would like to be visited, please let Father Neil know.
In order to assist the sick in their need, Jesus established the Anointing of the Sick as one of the seven sacraments of His Church. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered to all persons who are facing a serious illness, medical condition or operation.
In the scriptures oil is a symbol of vitality and its use in this sacrament represents the strengthening we pray the sick person will receive from God. In addition to healing, the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick also accomplishes the forgiveness of sin. Thus only a priest may perform it.
This sacrament should be requested as soon as a Catholic is aware of any serious illness of upcoming surgery. It is a sacrament of healing – in fact it is the Church’s most powerful prayer for strengthening of body, mind and spirit.
Just as you would not wait to give medicine to a sick person, neither should the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick be withheld. The day a diagnosis is made is the very day that the sacrament should be requested, so that through it the grace of Christ might come flooding forth upon the sick person.
The Sacrament of Anointing is available at any time by appointment. Please contact Father Neil..