Pastoral Care of the Sick

When you go to the Hospital

All hospitals have Chaplains/Pastoral Care Departments that provide for the sacramental needs (Penance, Eucharist, Anointing) of all patients while they are hospitalized. While in the hospital, ask for the chaplain to visit, to bring you communion or to be anointed.

Our Priests, visit parishioners at Norwood Hospital often. If you go to a different Hospital for your health care, we will need you or someone in your family to let us know. Please contact us so that we can remember you in our prayers at weekend Masses and attend to your needs when you return home.

When one of our parishioners go to Assisted Living or Nursing Home facilities in the area, please let us know so that we can include them in our outreach programs.

To let us know how we can help you through a family illness or to ask for our prayers, contact either parish office - Blessed Sacrament 508-668-4700 or St. Mary's 508-668-4974.

Anointing

"Is any among you sick?  Let them call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over the sick, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed sins, they will be forgiven."   (James 5:14-15) 

When you are diagnosed with a serious illness, facing surgery, receiving chemo or radiation treatments, living with a chronic illness, struggling with an addiction, or facing the physical struggles of growing older, this is the time to ask for the Sacrament of the Sick. This anointing is to give strength and healing power to help us live with and cope with serious illness.

The Anointing of the Sick  is not the sacrament of the dying. Viaticum (Eucharist) is actually the sacrament of the dying. Viaticum is when a priest or lay person visits the dying to pray with them, their family and caregivers and to bring them the Eucharist as food for the journey.

Each year, we celebrate a special Mass of Anointing in the handicapped accessible school auditorium, followed by a reception hosted by many of our school children.  It is a joy-filled celebration of Christ's healing ministry.

If you can get to church, you can receive the Anointing of the Sick either at Mass or in the chapel after any weekend or daily Mass. If you are homebound, we will arrange to visit you at home. Please call either parish office, Blessed Sacrament 508-668-4700 or St. Mary's 508-668-4974.

 

Eucharistic Visitors

The entire collaborative community is the primary provider of pastoral outreach through our presence, prayer and sacrament.  Our Eucharistic & Friendly Visitors belong to an ever growing circle of dedicated volunteers who generously give of their time, care, love, compassion and listening presence. They are the visible signs of Jesus' healing presence, bringing the care of our parish to people who are often frightened, confused, lonely, depressed or isolated.

Quality pastoral care supports life, brings comfort, hope and connectedness to people in need. It is an integral part of our parishes. Eucharistic visitors bring communion to those who are confined to home especially the elderly, the terminally ill and their families, and senior housing residents, patients at  Norwood Hospital and people facing crisis. Friendly visitors bring prayer and friendship to those who are ill or shut in.    Email Fr. John Healy at [email protected] to get involved to find out more.