"The Lord never tires of forgiving.
It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness."
SACRAMENTS OF HEALING:
RECONCILIATION AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK
"The movement of return to God, called conversion and repentance, entails sorrow for and abhorrence of sins committed, and the firm purpose of sinning no more in the future. Conversion touches the past and the future and is nourished by hope in God's mercy."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1490
We all make mistakes. We all forget to love. We all fail to do what is right and holy. For this reason, Jesus breathed upon his apostles, his first priests, and granted to them the heavenly grace to forgive sins (John 20:22-23). The love of God is so profound, that as the Merciful Father of the Prodigal Son, it never quits keeping watch for us in order that we may be embraced, forgiven, and celebrated. Our community invites you to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and confess your sins to God, in the presence of our sinful priest, in order that you may undeniably partake in divine forgiveness. Tragically, far too many of the faithful have experienced this Sacrament as a tool of manipulation, control, and degradation. Therefore, Holy Name of Mary commits to the Sacrament of Reconciliation being one of gentleness, forgiveness, judgement-free, and abounding in personal and spiritual healing. It's all about the merciful love of God!
You may contact Father Daniel to schedule a time for prayer, asking God's forgiveness, and returning to exuberant joy! Please see the Calendar for regular confession times and yearly general confessions. Our community is a refuge of safety, under the Blessed Mother's mantle, for all God's children regardless of life journey, gender or gender expression, personal sexuality, marital status, family type, or other beautiful God-given diversities.
Your diversity is not a sin,
it is the marvel of God!
"If we acknowledge our sins,
he is faithful and just
and will forgive our sins
and cleanse us from every wrongdoing."
I John 1:9 NAB
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
"Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven."
James 5:14-15 NAB
Sickness and health-related difficulties are a part of everyday life for all people. In the Gospels, we see Jesus ministering to the sick while offering physical, spiritual, and mental healing with extravagant mercy and compassion. The Catholic Church extends this same healing power of Christ to the faithful, just as St. James explains in his Epistle, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, or Holy Unction. The Catechism, 1532, explains the spiritual benefits of this Sacrament as: "the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the forgiveness of sins; the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; [and] the preparation for passing over to eternal life." While in ages past this Sacrament was often reserved for those near death, the Church offers anointing "each time a Christian falls seriously ill" and "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death (Catechism, 1529 & 1514)."
As the Body of Christ, we will journey with you, not only during seasons of joy, but also sickness and struggle, for St. Peter teaches us to "cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you." If you or a loved one are facing significant sickness, difficult health issues, a surgery, or are close to death, please contact us to schedule a time for hearing God's Word, healing prayer, and anointing.
If in doubt,
request the Sacrament of Anointing!
"We must often draw the comparison between time and eternity. This is the remedy of all our troubles.
How small will the present moment appear when we enter that great ocean."
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
"I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance."
II Timothy 4:7-8 NAB
Catholics strongly believe in the grace of community, the communion of saints, and our unity in the Body of Christ. Therefore, when the time comes to prepare for death, the Church offers her prayers and support through the Last Rites. This final liturgy of preparation may include the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Most importantly, if at all possible, it includes Holy Communion, the medicine of immortality. The Catechism, 1517, teaches: "As the sacrament of Christ's Passover the Eucharist should always be the last sacrament of the earthly journey, the 'viaticum' for "passing over" to eternal life." The priest will also offer commend the individual to God's grace, offer the Church's absolution, and pray for the repose of the beloved soul of God's servant.
“Yes, I’m like a tired and harassed traveler, who reaches the end of his journey and falls over. Yes, but I’ll be falling into God’s arms!”
Saint Therese of Lisieux
Holy Name of Mary understands facing death, and entrance into the next life, is often a difficult time for both the individual and their family and friends. Our priest will offer God's love and mercy, without judgement, to all who seek to prepare for a Christian death. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will walk this journey with you, recalling the promise of the Psalmist:
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me."
Psalm 23:4 NAB