Pastor’s Column

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2013

My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

Mary Lou, the secretary of St. Boniface keeps reminding me that the month of October has passed by fast.  I did not realize how fast it was but now finding myself in the middle of November and I have to admit that yes, indeed those days have passed by me like the wind in the fall.  I have a privilege of serving you since July 1, 2013.  It has been good four months for me to be back and forth between St. Mary and St. Boniface.  I keep telling my classmates that now I am pastoring three counties.  I live and work at Wright and Hennepin Counties but spend most of my time on the road in Carver County because I usually take highway 7 to highway 10 then going through the ICC parish then on highway 13 to St. Mary’s.  If you see me on these roads please make known yourself.  Of course most of the time is for Mass between the two parishes but other times I can be home visiting or visiting the sick.  I have the opportunity of anointing the sick so many times and I like to do that.

May be some of us are not familiar with anointing because we never get sick or some of us still remember the Last Rites from watching a movie.

The Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.  It is instituted by Christ and given to those baptized in danger of death. The Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person’s condition becomes more serious. A person also should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention.  Moreover, elderly people may be anointed if they are in weak condition even though no dangerous illness is present. Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be comforted by this sacrament.

As a pastor of St. Boniface and St. Mary, I am aware of many healthy seniors.  However, as the weather is subjected to change quickly, we may also get seriously sick during the winter months.  I am offering the Anointing Mass on this Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11am at St. Boniface.  Please join us for the celebration of the Mass; during which time I will anoint those who desire to receive such the sacrament for healing.  We will provide lunch for you as well.  Please give us a ring so we will know how many are coming or sign up on the sheet beneath the coat rack.

So if you or someone you know 60 years old and older or anyone who is seriously sick, you are invited to this Mass and anointing. The Sacrament of the Sick is to obtain God’s healing grace. If you are seriously sick, God may heal you physically. If He does not heal you physically, at least He will heal you spiritually through the Sacrament of Confession that is part of the Sacrament of the Sick.

Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong