Sacraments of the Sick

This sacrament is for those who are sick or are preparing for a medical operation. During the sacrament the person is anointed with the Oil of the Sick that has been blessed by the Bishop as a sign of strengthening and healing. Anyone who has become a shut-in or has a chronic illness should be on the Parish's list of sick so that the priest can celebrate this sacrament for them and they can be visited by the parish's minsters that will bring them Holy Communion regularly.

 

Ordination

This is the sacrament through which a person prepares himself under the discipline of the Church for a ministerial role in the Church. The first order is that of deacon, who assists the bishop of the diocese in proclaiming the Gospel, assisting with works of charity, and caring for the sick. This order may be undertaken by a married man, with the permission of his wife. This is known as the Permanent Diaconate and was restored though the reforms of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Other men are ordained as deacons as preparation for ordination to the Priesthood. A Bishop is ordained to fullness of priesthood.

For more details about the Permanent Diaconate please contact the Parish Priest and see the website of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.