Have you ever been seriously ill? Have you ever been anointed during a celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick? If you answered yes to the first question, I hope you answered yes to the second also.
Our mission as Church is to do what Jesus did. And on nearly every page of the Gospels, we read of Jesus' concern for the sick. Healing was essential to the mission of the disciples: "He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two ... They anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them" (Mark 6:7-13). After Jesus ascended into heaven, the Church continued to be a sacrament of healing: "Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up, and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven" (James 5: 14-15)
The Friars offer the Anointing of the Sick, on the first Friday of the month. These anointings are suspended until the COVID 19 restrictions are eliminated.