Holy Orders

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536)

“The sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordinand the graces of the Holy Spirit required for his ministry. Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1597)

For Holy Orders or interest in the vocations, contact the Pastor or one of the deacons at 480-595-0883.

St. Paul said to his disciple Timothy:

"I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands"

--2 Timothy 1:6

"If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task."

--1 Timothy 3:1

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Providing Information on the Holy Orders of the Faith

Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil—pressed from olives or from other plants—saying, only once: "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1513)

  • Anointing of the Sick includes (CCC 1519):
    • The laying on of hands by the priest.
    • Prayer over the person “in the faith of the Church.”
    • Anointing with oil blessed by the bishop.
  • This sacrament has a powerful effect upon the sick person (CCC 1520-21):
    • Strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age”
    • “Healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God's will.
    • Forgiveness of sin.
    • “Union with the passion of Christ.” One’s suffering becomes “a participation in the saving work of Jesus.”
    • Allows the sick person, by their suffering, to "contribute to the good of the People of God," building up the holiness of the Church and all people.
    • “A preparation for the final journey.”

This sacrament is primarily intended for any who suffer from serious or chronic physical or emotional illness or who struggle with the infirmities of age. One need not be in danger of death nor does the Church anoint one who has already died.

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Individual Anointing

If you are scheduled to go to the hospital for surgery or extended care, contact the parish office BEFORE you go, in order to arrange for the celebration of the Sacrament.

In Case of Death

Although the Church does not anoint one who has already died, priests may be invited to minister to the family and lead the prayers at the time of death as provided by the Church.

"Is any among you sick?

Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up;
and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven". 

--James 5:14-15