The Sacrament of the Sick is a healing Sacrament of the Church. Anyone who is sick or elderly and in need of physical or emotional healing can come to our Healing Mass which is celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Within this Mass we will communally celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Those being anointed should sit in the front pews of the church. If you wish to be anointed and are not able to come to this 1st Saturday Mass, please call the secretary (561-5954 x2101) and let her know that you would like one of our priests to make a home visit.
Those who would like to receive the Sacrament before a hospital stay or surgery are invited to call the parish office to make arrangements. The Sacrament is also available to those who may be near death. Please inform the parish office when a friend or relative from the parish enters or leaves the hospital. The parish bulletin has a section for names of people who are sick to notify the entire parish to pray.
The Church has very strict guidelines for those who may approach the sacrament. Here are those guidelines as pointed out in the Church’s Pastoral Care of the Sick in its General Instructions:
- Great care and concern should be taken to see that those of the faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age receive this sacrament.
- A sick person may be anointed before surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the surgery.
- Elderly people may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present.
- Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament.
We would ask that you please keep in mind these requirements before you present yourself for the Sacrament of the Sick.
Visitation of the Sick Request
Our parish has a Visitation of the Sick Ministry whose goal is to bring the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist once a week to all parishioners who are unable to attend Sunday Mass because of illness or being home-bound. One day a month a priest and lay minister will visit and offer Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, and Anointing of the Sick. If parishioners are going to the hospital for surgery, the parish office can arrange for anointing of the sick.
Due to recent legislation regarding patients’ rights and healthcare privacy, hospitals are no longer permitted to give out the names and religious preferences of their patients without the explicit request of the patient or their family. Because of this, a priest or Minister of Holy Communion who has come to pray, visit or give communion may be unaware of other parishioners who have been admitted and would like a visit but have not notified the parish. We ask that parishioners help us remain informed about fellow parishioners who are hospitalized, or who are in a nursing home or home-bound.
If you would like for an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) to visit a member of your family please complete the card below and return to the parish office. Once you fill in the pertinent information, you can fax the card back to St. Gertrude’s at 513-561-7184 or return it to the Parish office (6543 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243)
Ministry Request Cards are also available at the Parish Reception Desk. And as always, you can call the parish at 513-561-5954 with this information.