Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

PCS 283-284: Liturgy of the Word

PCS 283 suggests two possible gospel readings: Matthew 22:35-40 (the greatest commandment) and John 6:44-47 (belief leads to eternal life). Section 284 gives the text of a litany–eight intercessions that focus on the intentions of the sick person, focused mainly … Continue reading

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PCS 281-282: Brief Instruction and Dialogue

The initiation rites begin with an informal greeting followed by a dialogue with the sick person. First: 281. The minister greets the family and then speaks with the sick person about the request for baptism and, if the sick person … Continue reading

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PCS 278-280: Recovery and Children

Let’s wrap up the introduction to Christian Initiation for the Dying. First, two sections that describe the church’s expectations should a dying person recover after being initiated: 278. One already admitted as a catechumen must make a promise to complete … Continue reading

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PCS 276-277: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist

276. Anyone, catechumen or not, who is in danger of death may be baptized with the short rite that follows, as long as such a person is not at the point of death and is able to hear and answer … Continue reading

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PCS 275: Christian Initiation for the Dying

The considerations of initiating a dying person cover the last major portion of the rites of pastoral care of the sick (275-296). We’ll take it in several posts, starting with the first of six sections of the introduction: 275. The … Continue reading

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PCS 264-274: Emergency Rites

Here are the priorities for the emergency rite: PCS 264: The sacrament of penance is celebrated if the dying person wishes. As we read in PCS 241, “in case of necessity, the confession may be generic.” 265: The apostolic pardon … Continue reading

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PCS 263: After Death

Unfortunately, some families and individuals do not call the parish for a priest until after their loved one has died. The rite foresees this unfortunate option: 263. When a priest has been called to attend a person who is already … Continue reading

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