St. Anne Catholic Community • Basilian Fathers Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
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SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
In the Catholic Church we are brought into the community through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. This is the beginning of our “Christian” journey and this beginning is a call to live a fuller, more human, sacramental life. In addition to the sacraments of Initiation, the Church offers two sacraments as a sign of the continuing healing power of Christ: Penance or Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick (formerly called Extreme Unction.) Through these sacraments the Church is recognized as a healing, forgiving community in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Catholicism, Richard P. McBrien).
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“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive sins, they are forgiven; if you hold them bound, they are held bound.” John 20:22-23

Through the Sacrament of Penance, the Church not only acts as the sacrament of the Lord’s mercy but the Church also identifies herself as a sinful community on a journey to the reign of God. In this admission of sin, the Church prays: “Forgive us our sins for we too forgive all who do us wrong.” Luke 11:4

The liturgical process for conversion, repentance and forgiveness goes on continually within the Church and has taken many different forms over the years. Second Vatican Council called for the rite and formulae for the sacrament to be revised so that it could become more accessible and meaningful to the faithful.

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, n.72 as well as the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church asserts that the purpose of the sacrament is to “receive the mercy of God” and to be “reconciled with the Church whom (sinners) have wounded by their sin, and who, by her charity, her example and her prayer, collaborates in their conversion.” (n. 11)

The celebration of the sacrament of Penance is “always an act in which the Church proclaims its faith, gives thanks to God for the freedom with which Christ has made us free, and offers its life as a spiritual sacrifice in praise of God’s glory, as it hastens to meet the Lord Jesus.” (Introduction to the new RITE, n.7)
“Is there anyone sick among you? You should ask the presbyters of the church. They in turn are to pray over you, anointing you with oil in the Name of the Lord….This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill and the Lord will restore you to health. If you have committed any sins,

forgiveness will be yours. Hence, declare your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may find healing.” James 5:14-16
During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries the doctrine of the seven sacraments was formulated. Listed among these was the Anointing of the Sick which was understood to be a sacrament of spiritual help during the time of grave illness to the point of death. During the early understanding of the sacrament, “Anointing” was understood to be restricted to those “whose life is feared for”. (Doctrine on the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, Council of Trent)

Second Vatican Council developed the doctrine to the fuller understanding that “anointing…is not a sacrament reserved (only) for those who are at the point of death.”
The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church places the sacrament in a larger context as it recommends the sick of the community to the healing prayers of the entire Church and recommends the sick to the Lord asking for relief and salvation. In this larger context, the sacrament unites the sick with the passion and death of Christ for the good of the people of God. (n.11)

Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of faith: the faith of the Church which looks back to the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus and forward to the future reign of God which is promised through all of the sacraments. (Catholicism, Richard P. McBrien)

Anointing offers a renewed trust in the Holy Spirit and strength against anxiety and fear. At times, even physical health is restored. Through this sacrament, the Church recognizes her journey toward the reign of God in fostering the eschatological virtues of faith and hope. It is the journeying community who is saved in our “human wholeness, body as well as soul by our Lord Jesus Christ, (who) shared in our human nature to heal the sick and save all humankind.” (Prayer After Anointing)
The Sacrament of Penance is celebrated privately at St. Anne’s :
11:30 to 11:50am each Monday, Wednesday, Friday
4:15 to 5:15pm on Saturday
By Appointment (Contact the Church Office)
Or, celebrated communally during the seasons of Advent and Lent.

Some resource(s):
Forgiveness and healing: Matthew 9:2-8; Mark 2:5-12; Luke 5:20-26 Preaching of Apostles: Acts 2:38; 5:31; 10:43; 13:38; 26:18 Council of Trent: Doctrine on the Sacrament of Penance