As part of Father Knipper's homily during daily Mass on Tuesday 25 July 2017 in Saint Benedict's parish, he gave some pastoral tips for people who are in need of a visit by a priest to a dying/ill friend or relative. Here's what Father suggested:
Preparation for the visit
--Be sure to give the address of the home Father is visiting. Surprisingly, this information isn't always provided.
--Provide a small table that Father can use to keep the various accoutrements he needs for the administration of the Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick, etc.
--Provide a chair where Father can sit so that he can be close to the sick person.
--Tell Father which door he should use to enter the house.
--Let Father know about pets present and/or keep the pets restrained.
--If the ill/dying person may be receiving holy Communion, have water, straw or a spoon available since the sick person may need it to help dissolve the Host.
--Do not have a lighted candle because many times the ill/dying person is on oxygen.
--Meet Father at the door and lead him to where the sick person is resting.
--Gather family and friends to be with Father and the sick person for prayer, etc.
--Father may ask the family to leave the room for a short time if the sick person wants to receive the Sacrament of Confession.
About Father Knipper
Father Knipper is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque who lives in Decorah and provides for the pastoral and Sacramental needs of people in northeast Iowa. He is especially active in and with the Knights of Columbus.