SS. John & Bernard Parish

To grow as a Catholic community, united by the Holy Spirit, living our faith in Jesus Christ and sharing God's truth and love with all people

Anointing of the Sick

The Catholic sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.  A sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ to give spiritual aid and comfort and perfect spiritual health, including, if need be, the remission of sins, and also, conditionally, to restore bodily health, to Christians who are seriously ill; it consists essentially in the unction by a priest of the body of the sick person, accompanied by a suitable form of words.

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SS. John & Bernard Parish and our Sister Parish, St. Joseph in St. Joseph, visit Lakeland Hospital on a rotating schedule.

Families may call the SS. John and Bernard rectory at any time for other visits and/or Anointings at any hospital, nursing home or residence.

You may also call the SS. John and Bernard rectory 24/7 for "emergency Anointings". (Should you not receive an answer, please feel to contact our Sister Parish, St. Joseph in St. Joseph, at 983-1575.)

PLEASE NOTE: Any Parishioner who enters Lakeland Hospital through the "Emergency Room" is not automatically registered on the Priest Visitation List. In all such cases, please call the SS. John and Bernard rectory for a Priest visit.

PRAYER LIST: Please feel free to call the rectory for names to be placed on our two Prayer Lists. The first list is read at Mass and is for "critical conditions." The second list is for less critical individuals and they are kept in the bulletin until such time as you ask to have them removed.

Please notify the Pastor of those who are in the hospital or homebound, so they may receive the Sacraments.