Posting will be light for the next thirty-six hours. Off for an out-of-town medical appointment for the young miss, plus her first two college visits. Spammers, may I please direct your attention to the numerous Catholic web sites that get more visits than I? Maybe you can crack through there more easily than here. Just enter with firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m sure you’ll get a notice.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
16 October 2012
16 October 2012
Not much to say on anointing of the sick, other than the issue of accessibility:
§ 109 § The Rite of Anointing and Pastoral Care of the Sick provides for the communal celebration of the sacrament in a parish church or chapel. As noted earlier (Cf. additional sections in this document on accessibility, pp. 16, 23, 24, 29, 32, 38, 39, 68, 69, and 76ff) the church building must be accessible to those with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs and those who must travel with a breathing apparatus. Since many of those to be anointed may be unable to approach the priest, the parish will want to provide an area where the priest is able to approach persons with disabilities with ease and grace. Often this is possible in a section of the church that has flexible rather than fixed seating.
Flexible seating may be helpful. It might also serve to have wider accessibility on certain rows of permanent seating as well. Removing a pew here and there: at or near the front and halfway from altar to entrance may also improve accessibility for the ministers of the sacrament. Consulting with parishioners and community members who might be affected by this situation makes good sense.
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