Anointing of the sick
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ." - The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1499
The Sacrament of Anointing the Sick is celebrated upon request. For emergencies call: 770-313-5543. For non-emergencies call 770-267-7637.
Hospital and Home Visits Priest, deacon and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from St. Anna’s visit area Hospitals when informed of Catholics hospitalized there as well as the homebound regularly. Catholic patients in metro hospitals receive the sacraments from the neighboring Catholic parish, and ministers from St. Anna’s visit when possible. Most hospitals no longer inform the church of a parishioner's admission. Please call the parish office if you or another parishioner will be hospitalized or homebound.
Scriptural support for Anointing of the Sick is found in both Old and New Testaments.
From Isaiah 1-3:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (see Catechism 1499 quoted above). In the Letter of James 5:14-15 “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven”.