Sacrament of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick is intended for those who are seriously impaired with sickness or age. Please understand that this sacrament is not limited to only the elderly or those with impending death – it is intended for all ages.
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them.(CCC 1499)
Please call the parish office when there is a serious illness, or major surgery within your family. Please do not wait until death is imminent; it is intended for critical times during an illness or the weakening of physical condition. This sacrament helps those come to Christ since it is during the most emotional and difficult times in our lives that we run to Christ seeking his strength in love and compassion along with the prayers of our priest and the people of the St. Malachy community.
Father Joe is happy to visit those hospitalized, but can only do so if a family member contacts us. Let us know if your loved one is also in need of receiving communion. Please call the church office to provide information for your loved one.
St. Malachy offers communion and the Mass to the homebound. Families with a homebound loved one are encouraged to bring the Eucharist home to them using a pyx (see below). In addition to the Eucharist, a CD recording of the weekend’s mass is available every Monday morning in the office. The CD is free of charge and complete with the readings, Gospel, homily, music, and announcements.
As Catholics, we believe that the body, blood, soul, and divinity is present in the Eucharist. Therefore great care must be taken when bringing Christ to our loved ones. The proper container for carrying the Blessed Sacrament is called a pyx (pronounced “picks”). These are available for loan in the sacristy, ask an usher for assistance. You may also purchase a pyx at a Catholic supply store. When you have a pyx, please bring it with you as you receive communion and present it to the Eucharistic Minister and they will place the Blessed Sacrament into the pyx.
If you are unable to attend mass, we have Eucharistic Ministers that will bring the Eucharist to your loved one.