The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength. If you'd like to know more about this sacrament, there is a brief video at Video Link.
At a time when there are less priests available, it is wise to receive this Sacrament and, as the hour of death approaches, Viaticum (Eucharist as given to a person near or in danger of death), before the last moment. Please let us know of your needs earlier rather than later if this is possible by calling the parish office.
Do not hesitate to approach one of the priests after Mass for a short form of anointing if you are having major surgery. Remember this Sacrament is for healing.
Last Rites refers to the sacraments that Catholics receive at the end of their lives, especially Confession, Holy Communion (called Viaticum when given to a person near or in danger of death), and the Anointing of the sick and the prayers that accompany them.
After death the first contact is with the Funeral Director of your choice who contacts us. The Mass of Christian Burial is the norm but sometimes other arrangements are appropriate. Please note that eulogies are not allowed at the Funeral Mass and these are to be given at the wake or reception. Brief statements of thanks by a family member are permitted after the closing prayer of the Mass. Effective September 2011, all wakes must take place in the Funeral Home unless it is a private wake for family or an extremely large special situation.
After we are contacted by the funeral home, we will have Barbara Malone of our Lazarus Committee call you to help arrange liturgy for the funeral mass.
Chandler Funeral Home is the one located right next to SMM Church. If you have chosen a different funeral home or need suggestions, please refer to the list of funeral homes in Delaware.
In your will you can remember your loved ones and the institutions that have been important in your life. We hope St. Mary Magdalen merits your consideration.