Anointing of the Sick
In principle, the parish priests are responsible for the sick within their own parish boundaries. In addition, Priests of the churches closest to the main hospitals in Singapore are usually available for any hospitalised Catholic who needs a priest’s help. They visit the hospitals on a regular basis to bring communion to the sick and if informed they will visit you. See list below for easy reference:
|Alexandra Hospital||Blessed Sacrament Church||64740582|
|Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital||Church of Christ the King||64599958|
|Changi General Hospital||Church of the Holy Trinity||67842332|
|East Shore Hospital||Church of the Holy Family||63440046|
|Gleneagles Hospital||Church of St Ignatius||64660625|
|KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital||Church of Our Lady of Lourdes||62940624|
|Mount Elizabeth Hospital||Church of the Sacred Heart||67379285|
|Mount Alvernia Hospital||Church of the Holy Spirit||64536340|
|Church of the Risen Christ||62532166|
|National University Hospital||Church of the Holy Cross (Tuesdays & Fridays)||67775858|
|Singapore General Hospital||Church of the St Bernadette (Mondays)||67373529|
|Church of St Teresa (Fridays)||62711184|
|Tan Tock Seng Hospital||Novena (Church of St Alphonsus)||62552133|
In cases of emergency, when a patient is in need of the Anointing of the Sick and a priest from the nearby church is unavailable, any priest who receives a call will go to the hospital or look for a replacement if he is unable to do so.
The Anointing of the Sick can be administered to any Catholic who is seriously ill and caregivers should not wait until the patient is critically ill or when death is imminent to notify a priest.
Priests are also available for home visits and prayers when the sick person is confined to bed at home.
ANOINTING BEFORE SURGERY
Parishioners who are going in for major surgery can arrange to see any priest in the church before their surgery for the Sacrament of Anointing. In the hospital, in case of emergency, parishioners should call the church nearest to the hospital for anointing.
HOLY COMMUNION TO THE SICK IN HOSPITALS
As mentioned above, various priests visit the different hospitals once or twice a week to give Communion to the sick. Should you require Communion for the sick in hospital, please inform the parish nearest to the hospital.