Anointing of the Sick
If you, or a loved one, is sick, confined to the home, or in the hospital, please contact the Pastoral Care office at (518) 371-7372 x224. St. Edward's provides home and hospital visits to bring Holy Communion and administer the Anointing of the Sick.
Please let us know if you would like us to add you, or your loved one, to our prayer chain by clicking here or contacting the pastoral care office.
If you would like meals provided through our EMBRACE ministry you can also contact Mary Jo Brue at (518) 371-7372 x223.
In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.
-From The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults