When you are sick
Being cared for by the family of the Church
When I was ill you came to my help.
Your fellow parishioners wish you a speedy
return to health. We want you to know that
you have a very special place in our parish
this time. During His life on earth, Jesus
Christ “loved” people to total health. He
lifted up those who were sick and raised
them to new life. Throughout our lives,
Jesus “loves” us too into total health,
helping us to endure and triumph
over our sickness.
At the heart of our Christian life is prayer
and the healing Sacraments in which Christis present to strengthen and restore us.
This section will tell you how the Parish can help those whom you love, or yourself whilst you are sick.
Holy Communion at home
In the Eucharist we are strengthened and supported because Christ is truly present every time we turn to Him. In His life Jesus used His sufferings to reveal His love, and Holy Communion brings us that life and love. An added burden in being sick or housebound is that we cannot come to church as we would wish,to receive this “Bread of Heaven” at Communion in the Mass. So, St. Piran’s has designated Wednesday morning Mass to be the Mass when Holy Communionis brought by Special Ministers of the Eucharist to those at home. This takes place near the end of the 10am Mass, when just after Holy
Communion, the Special Ministers take the Sacred Hosts to those at home. At the same time the whole assembly prays for those who are to receive, as their names are read out
The Sacrament of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Sick, or Anointing, is the ‘ultimate’ healing Sacrament and is available whenever our health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. God Our Father is always with us in our illness, loving us into health of mind, body and spirit.
Through our faith, we know that we will have life forever. In our growing closeness to Christ through faith, we receive a new vision of life, a vision that sees everything in the light of God’s eternal love. This love is everlasting; no sickness is final and even death cannot withstand such love. During the administration of the Sacrament, the sick person is anointed by the Priest with oil, a symbol of healing in Christ’s time, and given now as a sign of Christ’s healing care for us.
Other Services and Prayer Ministry
From time to time there are special services for the sick. These can take the form of Mass and Anointing of the sick, or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and an individual blessing with the Monstrance (where the Sacred Host is placed during Exposition).
Please watch the Parish newsletter for these opportunities.
Some parishioners have been trained in individual prayer ministry, and are available to pray with you and over you. Please contact the Parish office.
We regularly pray for those who are sick, either privately or at Mass through the Intercessions. We have a Parish intercession book which is kept in the porch.
Please add the name of anyone who is sick and we will pray for them when the book is brought up during the offertory at Mass.
“Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name, you are mine….
Because you are precious in my eyes,
Because you are honoured and I love you.”
When you go into Hospital
When you go into hospital, if possible, please let us know so that we can tell the Hospital Chaplaincy. Also, when you complete the admissions form please remember to state your religion as ‘RC’. In Treliske Hospital, there is a dedicated Catholic Chaplain who visits patients usually twice a week.
On Sunday, Holy Communion can be brought to your bedside by our Special Ministers of the Eucharist. The Chaplain can also arrange a visit from the Parish Priest for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick.
The Chaplaincy also maintains a daily prayer listfor those who are sick, so please ask if you would like to be included on this.
When you are near death
“When we were baptised in Christ Jesus, we were baptised into His death… so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life” Romans 6:34
Our ministry to the dying places the emphasis on trust in the Lord’s promise of eternal life. When someone is in danger of death, the Parish Priest should be called as a matter of urgency. He will celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick, which involves the Sacrament of Penance and the Eucharist, or ‘Viaticum’. As the Sacrament of Christ’s Passover, the Eucharist should be the last Sacrament of the earthly journey for ‘passing over’ to eternal life. The Priest then prays over and anoints the dying person, thereby completing their conformity with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, just as their baptism began it.
Receiving help when you are sick
If you would like to receive Holy Communion at home, or you go into hospital, or would like any ministry in this leaflet, please contact one of the clergy or the Parish office.
Prayer to Christ the Healer
In the comfort of Your love,
I pour out to You,
the memories that haunt me,
the anxieties that perplex me,
the fears that stifle me,
the sickness that prevails upon me,
and the frustration of all the pain
that weaves about within me.
Lord, help me to see Your peace in my turmoil,
Your compassion in my sorrow,
Your forgiveness in my weakness,
and Your love in my need.
Touch me, Lord,
with Your healing power