Our Parish administers the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick every month. It's usually on the last Sunday of the month, immediately after the 12 noon Mass, but this month we have to move it up to Sunday, July 23.
This "Sacrament of the Sick" can be received by Catholics over the age of 7 who are suffering from either chronic or acute serious illness, facing major surgery, or are significantly enfeebled by old age. It is NOT a "once in a lifetime" event, but can be repeated when the illness is prolonged or becomes more serious.
The Redemptorist Fathers have loaned to the Cathedral, too, relics of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R., who ministered in an especially effective way to the citizens of New Orleans during the massive yellow fever outbreaks there in the mid-1800s. In fact, Blessed Seelos - who was known as the "smiling saint" even when he was alive - has not yet been canonized a saint officially, but his intercession before God is powerful and as part of our monthly administration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick a special blessing is given with these relics. We hope that our prayers and devotion will hasten his cause for canonization!
Please remember to invite your friends and family members who are eligible to receive this Sacrament to accompany you for this special time of prayer and blessing!