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A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY – Anointing of the Sick

Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from your sins save you and raise you up.
from the Rite of Anointing of the Sick

"Could you give him his last rites, Father?" he asked.
I was with a family just after a death had occurred. I explained to the grieving young man that his loved one had received the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick several times in recent months. He looked at me with a puzzled expression.
Of all the changes that have transpired in the Roman Catholic Church in the last forty years the one involving "last rites" verses the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick most perplexes me. Catholics too young to remember the priest's arrival for "Extreme Unction" seem to be completely unaware of this important change. Is it our fear of illness, our dread of death? Is it poor religious education?
Sacraments are celebrations for the living. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sic--whether celebrated communally at the Sunday Mass, at home or in a hospital roo--brings strength to those who are struggling with illness.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church indicates that this "...is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death...as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for (them) to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived." [1514]
The Catechism notes further: The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects

  • ...uniting the sick person to the passion of Christ;

  • Strengthening, peace, and courage to endure the sufferings of illness or old age;

  • the forgiveness of sins...;

  • the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of (one's) soul;

  • the preparation for passing over to eternal life.[1532]

If any rite can be understood as a "last rite" of the Church, it is Viaticum. This Latin word meaning "food for the journey" is the reception of Holy Communion by a dying person. The Eucharist is properly the last sacrament of Christian life.
One Saturday afternoon I met with an extended family at the bedside of their dying husband, father, and grandfather. I proclaimed the Sunday Scriptures. Every member of the famil-- young and ol--laid hands on their loved one. I anointed him with holy oil. We held hands and prayed the Lord’s Prayer. We shared the Sign of Peace. We ate the Body of Christ. There were tears and sadness that day. There was also love and peace an--if you can believe it--joy!

We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at Immaculate Conception next weekend, October 25-26, at all of the Sunday Masses.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION -- In conjunction with our celebration of the anniversary of the dedication of the Churc--October 2, 197--there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Sunday afternoon. Every household in the parish is encouraged to make a visit for one-half of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament between Noon and 5:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will close the observance.

FALL FLOWER MEMORIALS - The floral arrangement at the altar is given for the Glory of God on the thirty-seventh anniversary of the dedication of the Church and in memory of your deceased loved ones. Thank you for your support of the 2014 "Fall Flower Memorial" fund.

CHICKEN AND BISCUIT DINNER REPORT - 248 dinners were served last Sunday! Thank you to members of the organizing committee: Deb Everett, chair, Linda Walters, Sue Wolbert, and all who volunteered: pie-bakers, potato peelers, kitchen crew, wait staff, ticket sellers and crafters. Special thanks to the brothers of Phi Delta Theta fraternity who set-up and tore down the dining room tables and chairs. Winner of the Quilt Raffle was Robin Heasley who took home the "Orion’s Star" quilt created by Vera Porter. Jim Delaney won the $250 and Joe Fotos won the $100. Sue Leonard won the 50-50 drawing. Other prize winners are: Pat Aaron, Nancy Daugherty, Joan Donahue, Nancy L. Ganoe, Robin Heasley, Sue Leonard, Ann Liska, Val Means, Stella Miller, Tom Morgo, Maureen Sayers, Teresa Selker, Mark Weaver, Maria Wilson.

PASTORAL PLANNING COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the rectory dining room.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GOLF OUTING - Come one and come all to the annual Ronn Kozmovich Memorial Golf Outing, Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Hi-Level Golf Course. This outing is open to everyon--men, women, boys and girl--with fun for all! You pay your green fee and the Knights will provide food and beverages. Call Dave Walter (226-5679) or Dennis Kidney (227-2392) for more information or to register.

FAMILY CENTERED FAITH FORMATION – Why not bring your family to Evening Prayer and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.? Your prayerful participation in this observance commemorating the dedication of our Church building is sure to start a discussion about Catholic practices and traditions.

PAUL'S FIRST LETTER TO THE THESSALONIANS - From mid-October until mid-November-weeks 29 to 33 of Year A-the second readings at Sunday Mass are taken from Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians. (This year will be an exception since readings for All Souls Day on November 2 and The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica on November 9 will replace the regular Sunday readings.) The themes found in this epistle, one of Paul's earliest letters, are surprisingly contemporary. Paul offers joy at the number being converted to the faith (think: Catechumens and R.C.I.A.), instruction about living a life of holiness (think: stewardship and sexual morality) and direction about waiting in joyful hope for the Second Coming of Jesus (think: the controversial concept of "the rapture").
A three-week plan for your personal reading and study of Pau's first letter to the Thessalonians from the Catholic Serendipity Bible for Personal and Small Group Study is below.

Week 1         1:1-10              Legendary Model of Faith
                      2:1-16              Lasting Model of Ministry
Week 2         2:17-3:13        Longing to Visit
                      4:1-12              Living to Please God
Week 3         4:13-5:11        Living in the Light of His Coming
                      5:12-28           Living in Peace With Others

Key Passage:
"Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:21).
How much responsibility do you feel the government should take for meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our society? How willing are you to contribute?
Who needs help in your neighborhood or community? What could you and your family do to help?

WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Sharing our talents arises from the fact that God has given each of us the ability and gifts to do certain things well, and we are to develop those talents for the good of others.





Nov. 1              Reverse Raffle

Nov. 3-10-17  Turkey Bingo
Nov. 3-13        "Best of Ireland" Parish Pilgrimage


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