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From the desk of Fr. Speier 

Dear Parishioners:  

 Parishioners: I would like to begin with a reminder to all of you: If you or a loved one is in the hospital or going to the hospital please let us know at either parish office. With the changes in our medical care system we are not always notified when one of our parishioners is in a hospital or nursing care facility. Even when the hospitals do give us a call by the time we receive it our parishioner may already have been released. Father Auth and I do our best to get to the hospitals and visit and anoint our parishioners. 

 Anointing of the Sick is one of the healing sacraments of the Church. We believe that healing comes to us in body, mind and spirit. The Letter of James tells us very clearly that if there is someone sick among you let them call for the priests and the priests will lay hands on them and anoint them with oil and their sins will be forgiven. 

 The priest is the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick because it does involve the forgiveness of sins. At our parishes we offer communal anointing twice a year in the Fall and Spring time of the year. I am happy to say that many of you have taken this opportunity to be anointed. But if there ever is a time that you or a loved one feels the need for anointing please call us and we can arrange a time to come and anoint you or your loved one. 

 The sacraments of healing: The Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation, are to be celebrated often by the church. At the present time we do not have a great number of people coming to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We have our faithful but the sacrament is meant for more than just the faithful few. The charity and compassion of Jesus is seen in all of the sacraments but especially In the Sacrament of Reconciliation. No matter what we have done or how bad we feel we have been the Good Lord is always ready to forgive us as long as we are truly sorry for the sins we have committed. In addition to being forgiven the Lord gives us the grace we need to change our lives and move away from the sins and temptations that plague us. 

Both sacraments take away sin and help us face life in a new direction. Many times, I have seen an individual, who may be very ill or dying, change after they have received the Sacrament of the Sick and Holy Communion. These sacraments are meant to bring peace and healing in our lives. God is good. He gives us what we need to face the difficulties this life has to offer. Let us always thank Him for all the graces and blessings he has given to all of us.