Pre-Baptism instructional class for first time parents of infants to be baptized takes place on Monday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m. in the church undercroft at Sacred Heart.
Pastoral Region Festivals and Fiestas
The Pastoral Region of St. Ann / Sacred Heart invites you to support St. Ann’s Fiesta scheduled for July 29 and 30 in the parking lot of St. Ann; and the Sacred Heart Festival scheduled for August 12, 13 &14 held on the parish grounds. Both parishes need successful festivals in order to sustain their respective schools and parish programs. Please consider volunteering to help and perhaps buying raffle tickets from your parish and the other pastoral region parish.
Don’t forget that even when the festival season is over, Sacred Heart (coordinating with St. Ann) will host a Ministry Fair at Sacred Heart’s fellowship hall on September 17 and 18; and St. Ann will also host its annual “Oktoberfest” on September 24.
Sacrament of the Sick is the Vatican II term for “Last Rites”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that there are Seven Sacraments. Three sacraments “initiate us;” in other words they bring us into full participation in the Church. These are Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion. There are two sacraments of “vocation.” These are Marriage and Holy Orders. Finally, there are two sacraments that heal us. One is the Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka Confession). The seventh is the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. James 5:13-15. Before Vatican II this sacrament was called Extreme Unction or “Anointing at the end” (the archaic meaning of extreme is “last.”) This sacrament was therefore often colloquially referred to as “Last Rites.” Viaticum was one’s last reception of Holy Communion before death.
In the period called the Early Middle Ages (from 500 AD to 1000 AD) there was little cultural or scientific (medical) advancement. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick became known as Extreme Unction (Last Anointing); as it was usually requested and received when one was deathly ill. Recoveries were few. Thus it became known as “Last Rites.”
After Vatican II, the Church re-emphasized the Scriptural portrayal of the sacrament as a ritual of prayerful healing, both physical and spiritual. Thus today we anoint persons before surgery, persons suffering an acute illness, or persons with chronic illnesses or even those chronically ill due to advanced age. In the fullest experience the person goes to Confession, is Anointed, and received Holy Communion, although in extreme or critical circumstances the Anointing of the Sick is received alone; not in combination with Confession and Eucharist.
The point of this lesson is that the Sacrament of the Sick IS the same thing as Last Rites! Some of the chaplains of other faiths at various institutions will at times ask the Catholic family if the person has received the Last Rites. After I arrive and administer the Anointing of the Sick, they call me again and ask for the Last Rites. I want everyone to understand that they are one in the same. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is the exact same sacrament we used to call Last Rites. It is a bit like going to a restaurant and asking for a “soft drink,” receiving a “pop,” and then being charged for a “soda.” Three names for the same thing.
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