A Mass of the Anointing of the Sick and Suffering will be celebrated at the Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road in South Portland, on Thursday, June 1, at 2 p.m. Parishioners are encouraged to bring their loved ones and friends who have not been able to participate at Mass with us to this special Mass celebrated for them. Light refreshment will be provided immediately after Mass in the narthex.
Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament that is received by those who are ill or suffering. By the sacred anointing and the prayer of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are sick to Jesus Christ. The sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gifts of strength, faith, peace, and courage, and his or her suffering is united with the suffering of Christ for the building up of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1520-23).