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Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:


1500 Illness and suffering have always been among the gravest problems confronted in human life.

In illness, man experiences his powerlessness, his limitations, and his finitude. Every illness can make us glimpse death.

1501 Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to him.


The first miracles by Jesus in the Gospel according to St. Mark show his healing power, and one of the missions of the disciples at the end of the Gospel is also about the gift of healing.


Our Parish tries to live up to the title of Our Lady of Lourdes by praying and offering our support to those who are suffering from illnesses through:


  • Promoting the pilgrimage to St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich every year around the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (11th of February), the SVP Pilgrimage to Walsingham (Norfolk), and the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (France).


  • Organising the Mass with Anointing of the Sick in our Parish, or cooperating with other parishes in Cambridge for similar events.


  • Anointing and bringing Holy Communion to the housebound.


  • Volunteering to services by the chaplaincies in hospitals.


Please do not hesitate to contact the parish priest or our parishioners if you need further information.

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