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Sacramental Life Unit 5 Anointing of the Sick

Sacramental Life Unit 5 Anointing of the Sick

Author: Jon McGurran
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D1 Introduction and Christ's Ministry of Healing.

1.) How are the two Sacraments of healing implicit in Christ's healing of the paralytic man?
2.) How does Christ help us in the sacraments we have already covered? (Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation)
3.) In what ways did Christ show his concern for the sick during his time on earth? How did the Church show this concern after Christ's Ascension?
4.) Write the five questions we will address.
5.) What were the two reasons Christ performed miracles of physical healing?
6.) What does it mean to say Christ "identifies himself" with the sick? (CCC 1503)
7.) How has Christ's concern for the sick been manifested in the life of his Church through the centuries?
8.) Is helping the sick and suffering only the responsibility of priests and nuns?
9.) Is the Anointing of the sick only concerned with healing of the body?
10.) When is the Sacrament administered?

Questions for the reading
1.) Half page single space reflection (your thoughts.)
2.) What is the meaning of the healings of Lourdes and the name the "Lady" told Bernadette?
3.) How many confirmed cures has the Church officially declared to be miraculous at Lourdes?

Reading for Day 1

See the questions above.


Vocab for Unit 4

Anointing of the sick
Prayers for the Dead

You will need to look up these words in order to put them on your crossword puzzle.

When you are finished, work on the advent research paper

Advent Research

1. What day does advent begin on this year?

2. What is Advent?

3. Advent comes from the Latin word_____which means_______?

4. When do we light the pink candle?

5. What is the week that we light the pink candle called?

6. What does the Advent wreath represent?

7. What does each week of Advent represent?

8. The third Sunday of Advent is known as________Sunday.

9. What is an Advent Calendar?

10. When was Advent first observed?

11. The first Sunday of Advent also marks the _________________ for the church?

12. Why is the liturgical color of the season Purple?

13. What holiday did the Pagans celebrate on Christmas?

14. What is a Jesse tree?

15. What are posadas?

16. Why do Posadas only last 9 days?

17. All these saints are associated with Advent. Tell me what they did:
a. Mary
b. St. Francis Xavier
c. St. John Damascene
d. St. Nicholas
e. St. Ambrose
f. St. Lucy
g. St. John of the Cross

18. What did you learn about Advent? How can the experience of Advent help your faith?

For next class period, Read Catechism 1499-1532 and take notes on this section. This is due next class period.


Sacramental PSA project

Sacramental Life - Public Service Announcement Assignment

A public service announcement (PSA) is a short film or video recording presented by a nonprofit organization that attempts to persuade the audience to take some specific action or adopt a favorable view towards some service, institution, issue, or cause.  You have probably seen PSAs on drunk driving, smoking, littering, bullying, etc. 


An important purpose of PSAs is to get people to take action or do something.

It is a way to make a personal message public, to stand up for your beliefs and be heard.  When you create your own PSA you will be trying to get people to take action. It is fairly easy to let people know about an important issue but it is harder to get them to become involved or act on the issue. Your message must go beyond giving people information. An effective PSA will inspire people to take action!

Working with a partner, you will create your own PSA on any one of the sacraments that we have already covered (Baptism, Eucharist, or Reconciliation).  The final assignment will include a PSA announcement, poster, and summary paper.


The PSA announcement (Imovie) will be judged on:

  • Effectiveness of promotion of the sacrament
  • Originality and creativity
  • Attractiveness
  • A minimum of 1 minute, a maximum of 2. Must include all relevant information.

Your PSA poster must contain:

  • Headline clearly stating the sacrament
  • Encouragement to receive the sacrament
  • Dominant image or collection of related images (can use computer or hand create)
  • Persuasive element that grabs the viewer’s attention
  • Minimal number of words

In addition to the PSA announcement and poster, you will turn in a 1-2 page summary about your sacrament (in your own words).  Research the sacrament using notes, homework, and podcasts.


The summary should include:

  • Background or history of the sacrament
  • Catechism and scriptural references for the sacrament
  • Significance of receiving the sacrament


You will have two class periods to complete. This is graded as a test grade.

Preparation for Reconciliation

Reconciliation Preparation

Why should I go to Confession?

First of all, the grace that comes from the sacrament of Confession is abundant and overflowing. From the sacrament we receive actual grace, which strengthens us in our daily task of doing good and avoiding evil, and sanctifying grace, which cleanses us of all sin. That’s no small thing, being cleansed of all sin! “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isa 1:18). Praise God for that!

As for the necessity of receiving the sacrament, it is true that we can pray to God and he will forgive our venial, or lesser sins. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn 1:9). But, Scripture also tells us: “There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that” (1 Jn 5:16). To cleanse us of mortal sins — sins that fling us into a state of unrighteousness and destroy the divine life within us — Jesus instituted the sacrament of Confession.

Do you remember what Jesus said to His apostles when He appeared to them after His resurrection? He said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (Jn 20:22-23). This is the fulfillment of what He told them before His death, when He said, “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt 18:18). We see from this that Jesus gave the apostles the power to forgive sin.

The apostles in turn passed on this power to the “elders” (presbyteros or “priests”) that they ordained to take their place in the various churches. We know that these elders received the power to forgive sin because James, in his New Testament letter, advised his audience to call upon the elders if someone fell ill so that they may anoint the sick person with oil, and “if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (Jas 5:14-15). Your parish priest received this power in his ordination.

Do you know what this means? Waiting in that confessional is the power to set you right with God again. There is simply no reason why we should not be lined up around the block, waiting to approach God through the sacrament of Confession and receive His cleansing grace. All of us need this! “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 Jn 1:8). We are all sinners in need of God’s help, and we cannot do what is good on our own.

If you have not been to Confession in a while, consider this your invitation. And have no fear! Christ is there in the sacrament not to punish you or to fill you with shame, but to heal you and set you on the path that leads to the joy of Easter!

The effects of this Sacrament are great:

1468 "The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God's grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship. "Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament. For those who receive the sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, reconciliation "is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation." Indeed the sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true "spiritual resurrection," restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God.

1469 This sacrament reconciles us with the Church. Sin damages or even breaks fraternal communion. The sacrament of Penance repairs or restores it. In this sense it does not simply heal the one restored to ecclesial communion, but has also a revitalizing effect on the life of the Church, which suffered from the sin of one of her members. Re-established or strengthened in the communion of saints, the sinner is made stronger by the exchange of spiritual goods among all the living members of the Body of Christ, whether still on pilgrimage or already in the heavenly homeland:

            It must be recalled that . . . this reconciliation with God leads, as it were, to other   reconciliations, which repair the other breaches caused by sin. The forgiven penitent is          reconciled with himself in his inmost being, where he regains his innermost truth. He is      reconciled with his brethren whom he has in some way offended and wounded. He is     reconciled with the Church. He is reconciled with all creation.

1470 In this sacrament, the sinner, placing himself before the merciful judgment of God, anticipates in a certain way the judgment to which he will be subjected at the end of his earthly life. For it is now, in this life, that we are offered the choice between life and death, and it is only by the road of conversion that we can enter the Kingdom, from which one is excluded by grave sin. In converting to Christ through penance and faith, the sinner passes from death to life and "does not come into judgment."         

Flee to His forgiveness!


The rest of this period I want you to spend in quiet prayer. Preparation for the Sacrament. If you want to look over your reconciliation notes that could help. Otherwise I want you in complete silence. Do an examination of conscience. 


Make sure you look over your homework for D1. We will resume normal class next class period.

D2 Christ's Healing Touch in the New Testament

1.) What did Jesus ask from those who came seeking healing?
2.) What do the seven examples of physical healings Jesus performed have in common?
3.) What was Jesus’ ultimate concern for those he encountered?
4.) Why did Jesus not heal everyone?
5.) What was the eventual earthly fate of every person Jesus healed, even Lazarus?
6.) What was the meaning of Jesus’ healing beyond their physical benefits to the person healed?
7.) How did Jesus associate his Apostles with his healing ministry before the Resurrection?
8.) What did Christ promise the Apostles after the Resurrection?
9.) How was the Sacrament administered?
10.) What are the effects of the Sacrament, according to St. James?
11.) What is the matter of the Anointing of the Sick?

D3 Administration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

**If I am back Monday, my class will be presenting their PSA. If I am not back then you will continue with normal lectures.

BTW, the PSA is not busy work. If you want to check back to your syllabus from the beginning of the year it spoke about a "Final Project" PSA that would be assigned during the last month and not given class time to do. With me being out of school we rearranged the schedule in order to give you class time to finish the PSA.

1.) What are the 3 essential elements in the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick?
2.) Why is it good to combine the Anointing of the Sick with the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist?
3.) How was oil used in the ancient world as a medicine?
4.) What can be used as the matter of anointing of the Sick in case of necessity?
5.) What is the form of the Anointing of the Sick?
6.) Who is the minister of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?
7.) Write the 6 effects of the Anointing of the sick.
8.) Write the 4 qualifications for receiving this sacrament.
9.) What was the document often quoted in this lecture?
10.) What have you learned today about the sacrament that you did not know?

Unit 5 Study Guide

1.) Why did Jesus work miracles in his public ministry?

2.) What are concrete examples of how the Church shows compassion for the suffering?

3.) What were the instructions that Jesus gave to his Apostles concerning those who were sick?

4.) What instructions did St. James give concerning the sick?

5.) Why does God not work a miracle of physical healing each time the Sacrament of Anointing is celebrated?

6.) What limitations are there on God's grace?

7.) What was the method generally used by Jesus in his healing miracles?

8.) What was it that transformed the sick in both body and soul?

9.) Why is oil and effective sign for this sacrament?

10.) What is Oil of the Sick, and where does it come from?

11.) Who are the ministers of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?

12.) If the Sacrament is celebrated by a priest and received by only one person, then how can we say that the Sacrament is an action of the Church as a whole?

13.) Explain what is meant by "Sacraments that prepare us for our heavenly homeland."

14.) What are the essential elements of the celebration of the Sacrament?

15.) What could a priest do if he did not have the Oil of the Sick available?

16.) Who may receive the Sacrament of Anointing?

17.) When should the Sacrament of anointing be received?

18.) Should the Sacrament of Anointing be administered in the following situations: A.) the person is in a coma, B.) the person just died, C.) the person has been dead for some time. (Yes/No, why)

19.) Does the Sacrament remove mortal sin if the person is unconscious? Explain. What should happen if the person later recovers?

20.) What other Sacrament should normally be celebrated before the Sacrament of Anointing, and why?

21.) What is the primary purpose of the Sacrament of Anointing?

22.) List and explain some of the graces conveyed.

23.) How can human suffering be "positive"?

24.) What can be achieved by "offering up" our suffering to God?

25.) What does the Christian vocation demand from Christians regarding the sick and suffering?


Test is tentatively scheduled  for Fri Jan 4th (Red) Mon Jan 7th (white)

Day 4 The Meaning of Human Suffering

1.) What is the connection between suffering and sin?
2.) What does the Book of Job teach about suffering?
3.) What are we called to do to those who are suffering?
4.) What meaning did Cardinal Bernardin find in Matthew 11:12-30?
5.) What are the 3 sacraments that initiate life, and the three sacraments that bring life to a close?