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 Church: Healing Mass
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 website or call the Office (805/682-4151 x102) 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.The ritual begins with a prayer of blessing over the oil and a litany of prayers for those who will be anointed and for 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 and save you and raise you up.” The person says, “Amen.” The Mass continues with the presentation of the gifts of bread and wine.
In the Home or in the Hospital: Private Anointing
If you or a family member are in the hospital, rehabilitation, 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 this period of silent prayer the priest anoints the sick person on the forehead and on the 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.
In case of emergency:
If you or a family member are in a hospital, etc., contact the appropriate Chaplain’s office FIRST. They will contact us…. If you/ a family member are at home, call us at 805/682-4151x 102 (during office hours), or at 805/748-5281 (after hours).
• Please do NOT wait until the last minute or point of death to do this! The sacraments are for the living! That 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 person legally designated. 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 are welcome, with the permission of the sick person. 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.