“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.”
— Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 1499
At St. Thomas, the Sacrament is celebrated any time in an emergency. All that the relative or the neighbour of the person to be anointed has to do is to come to the church, meet any one of the Parish Fathers and take him to the concerned person’s house for the sacrament of anointing.
In the event of a death and/or funeral, St. Thomas Church observes the following procedures:
- Obtain a death certificate from the doctor/hospital.
- Meet the undertaker to make the necessary arrangements: coffin, burial permit, etc.
- A close relative of the deceased must come to the Parish Office and inform any of the Parish Fathers of the death of his/her beloved member.
- The death certificate and burial permit must be handed over to the Parish Office before the funeral service begins.
- Funeral timings: 10.00 a.m. or 5.00 p.m. on weekdays; discuss the timing with the Fathers if the funeral is on a Sunday.
Anointing of the Sick : Any time in an emergency.