Archdiocesan Day of the Sick set for Feb. 21

February 8, 2013

HOUSTON — The Order of Malta is coordinating the fifth annual Mass for the Anointing of the Sick to be celebrated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage, on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the Mass; however, the Sacrament of the Sick is reserved to those with seriously impaired health due to sickness or old age. Those wishing to receive the Sacrament of the Sick during the Mass are instructed to register at their local parish. Appropriate reception of the sacrament includes those whose health are seriously impaired by sickness or old age, before surgery if the surgery is caused by serious illness, elderly people who have become notably weakened, seriously ill children with sufficient reason and those who were previously anointed if there is a relapse after recovery or if the condition has become more serious. Those receiving the sacrament are encouraged to receive in their local parish the Sacrament of Penance prior to receiving the Sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion. The Sacrament of Penance will also be available before the Mass starting at 6 p.m.