The following are excerpts from the 1983 Roman Ritual:
PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK
COMMUNION OF THE SICK # 51
Because the sick are prevented from celebrating the eucharist with the rest of the community, the most important visits are those during which they receive holy communion. In receiving the body and blood of Christ, the sick are united sacramentally to the Lord and are reunited with the Eucharistic community from which illness has separated them.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK #52
The priest should be especially concerned for those whose health has been seriously impaired by illness or old age. He will offer them a new sign of hope: the laying on of hands and the anointing of the sick accompanied by the prayer of faith (James 5:14). Those who receive this sacrament in the faith of the Church will find it a true sign of comfort and support in time of trial. It will work to overcome the sickness, if this is God’s will.
Our clergy are happy to visit the homebound in our parish. Call the parish office to make any arrangements. Tel. (416) 536-3333.