The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick celebrates and reminds us of God’s compassion and assists all who participate to recognize the spiritual and sometimes physical healing that results from the faithful reception of this sacrament. This sacrament (or “sacred moment”) is for the healing of body and mind, soul and spirit. It is NOT limited to those who are at the point of death. Those who are preparing for surgery, for example, the elderly who are struggling, those suffering from chronic illness, and sick children may all receive this beautiful sacrament of God’s Presence and healing Power.
At St. Barbara Parish, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick can be celebrated in a number of ways:
In the Old Mission Church, the Parish celebrates the Sacrament as part of a regularly scheduled Healing Mass once every three months. The Healing Mass is always scheduled for one of the regular weekend (Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning) Masses. Please consult the Parish Calendar on this web site or call the parish office (805)682-4151, ext. 102) for the next scheduled Healing Mass.
The Mass begins in the usual manner. The readings assigned for the day are used. The ritual of anointing begins after the homily with a prayer of blessing over the oil and a litany of prayers for those who will be anointed and those who care for them. The prayer of anointing is said aloud by the Presider. Those to be anointed are invited to come forward to one of the priests, who anoints the forehead and the palms of the hand of the sick person, saying “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” The person says, “Amen.” The Mass continues with the presentation of the gifts of bread and wine.
If you or a family member are in the hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility, etc., you are welcome to call the Parish to ask that one of the priests come to anoint you or them. Also, if you or another family member are receiving care at home, we can arrange a visit.
The ritual begins with the Sign of the Cross, followed by a brief reading from Scripture. The priest, and all present, lay hands on the person who is ill. After a period of silent prayer, the priest anoints the sick person on the forehead and palms of the hands. Those gathered are invited to pray the Our Father. When appropriate, the priest will offer Holy Communion to the sick person.
If you or a family member are in the hospital, contact the appropriate Chaplain’s office FIRST. They will contact us. If you or a family member are at home, call us at (805)682-4151 ext. 102 during office hours or at (805)748-5281 after hours.
Please do NOT wait until the last minute or point of death to arrange for anointing! The sacraments are for the living! This means that the optimal circumstances are those in which the person receiving the Sacrament is conscious, aware, and desirous of receiving the Sacrament.
We will visit only upon request by the person themselves or by a member of the immediate family, or other legally designated person. If you have a friend who would like to receive the Sacrament, have them or a family member contact us. We cannot arrange visits at the request of a third party.
Family members and friends, with the permission of the sick person, are welcome to attend, to be part of this celebration, and to offer their support to the sick.
Distance: We cannot accommodate requests to travel beyond our area. If you are outside the Parish or general Santa Barbara area, contact the Catholic Parish closest to you.