In addition to the monthly celebrations of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick that take place following the morning Mass on the first Wednesday of each month, the parish has had the tradition of a Fall Communal Celebration of this Sacrament of healing on a Sunday afternoon. That day is set for Sunday, October 27th beginning at 3:00 pm in the Church. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is found from the earliest days of the Church, mentioned by the Apostle James, the head of the Jerusalem Church, in his letter when he says that if there is anyone sick in the community, that they should call for the elders to pray over that person, lay hands upon them and anoint them with holy oil, and trust that in the name of Christ they will be set free of sin and be restored to health. The Second Vatican Council restored this Sacrament from solely being a preparation for dying to being a celebration of life-giving strength and healing.
Anyone who is ill, weakened by age, anticipating or recovering from surgery, or in need of the Lord’s loving embrace is invited to come to the Sacrament. We extend that invitation to our gathering on Sunday, October 27th.
The other aspect of our celebration that day is a recognition of the hard work and commitment of our “senior” (65 and older) members to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. Their support over the years and their prayers are deeply needed and even more deeply appreciated. And so we offer a free dinner in their honor following the Anointing Service. At about 4:15 we will partake of a buffet dinner catered by K-Vays restaurant of Rillton in Mack Hall. Reservations (by Monday, October 21st by calling the office) for the dinner are required for adequate preparation of the food. This is our small way of saying thanks to those who are role models to the parish family. These gatherings are a highlight of the year, and a blessing to the SEAS community.