Mass for the Anointing of the Sick

Our morning mass on 26 June was slightly different. That morning, we celebrated our annual Mass for the Anointing of the Sick. The celebrant was 80-year-old, Father Paul Staes (CICM, Scheut Missions).

The purpose of this special sacrament is to comfort and strengthen the souls of the sick and suffering. Parishioners receiving this grace were anointed by the priests on the foreheads and hands with oil. There was also a prayer to all caregivers, who work tirelessly to look after the sick.

To the congregation, Father Paul Staes (CICM, Scheut Missions) said:

Though our lives may come to an end, it is not the end.

“Jesus, you love me and one day you’ll call me to be with you forever.”

To him he believes it’s not the number of years you live but the quality of life.

Jesus died “so that we may live, and that we may be healed”.

Little by little the mass fills those who attended with hope, fortitude and faith.

“I feel great, very spiritually filled”

said parishioner Kevin Samy, 83.

After the mass, parishioners were treated to refreshments and a live band!
Thank you to Fathers Paul, Johnson, Terence, EM, Hospitality, Liturgical ministries, L9 youth and other volunteers who have made this mass possible.

Photos can be found HERE