Comfort and Joy
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth understand the Sacrament for the Anointing of the Sick as a sacrament of strength and healing of body, mind, and soul. The Edge Night will also clarify misconceptions about the sacrament.
About this night
Anointing of the Sick is one of the two Sacraments of Healing (Reconciliation is the other). In the past, Anointing of the Sick was thought of as “Last Rites” and only received if one was about to die or the person was really old. Receiving an anointing is one way to the Church helps us prepare for death; however, the sacrament is also a sign of Jesus’ healing presence in the world. Tonight, we will discuss who can receive the sacrament and when and for what purpose. Read paragraph 1532 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church carefully to better the effects of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
From the beginning of the Edge Night, the youth will have a sense that this sacrament of healing is meant to bring comfort to the body, mind and soul. The opening activity will allow them to talk about how they feel when they are sick. The Proclaim will give the youth background on the sacrament as well as how and when the sacrament is administered. Use the two media suggestions to give the youth visual examples of the topic during the Proclaim. In small group, the youth will discuss their own fears about being sick and how they can rely on God for strength. Close the night with the Edge group praying with someone as he/she receives the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Before The Night
Prepare a list of the people from your parish’s prayer line who are sick and have asked for prayer. If your parish does not have a prayer line/list, ask for permission to place a notebook/journal in the church so parishioners can write his/her own name and/or the name(s) of others in need of prayer for healing. Have a Core Member at each Mass who can encourage people to sign the book.
One possibility is also to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with someone (possibly a youth/teen) who is ill and/or will have surgery soon. Check with your priest before scheduling the sacrament. This will be a part of the Closing Prayer at the end of the night.
Tonight we discussed one of the two Sacraments of Healing: Anointing of the Sick. Prior to Vatican II, many people believed that this sacrament was reserved only for those who were very old or close to dying. It was sometimes referred to as “Last Rites” for a person about to die. The Second Vatican Council wanted the sacrament to be available for those in need of physical healing, not just to those who were at the point of death. Today, the sacrament is available to a person who is seriously ill, been diagnosed with a serious illness, undergoing life-threatening surgery, or experiencing frailty from old age. Through the sacrament, the person who is sick receives grace to strengthen his/her soul and bring peace and comfort. If you have ever received the sacrament or were present when someone received the sacrament, share that experience with your child.
Here are a few questions for the ride home:
- What did you learn tonight about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?
- How can the sacrament help us to be healed physically and spiritually?
- How can we be praying as a family for those who are sick in our community?
Set the room up to be comfortable. Use lots of pillows, comfy blankets, stuffed animals, and other items that bring comfort. At the front of the room, have a comfortable bedroom setting with a bed with mattress (real or fake), bedside table, lamp, and other items typically found in a middle school youth’s bedroom.
• Handout A: “Mad Libs”
• Handout B: “There Will Be A Day”
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