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Although I am not Catholic, I recently attended Mass with a friend. Before the service started, the priest approached my friend (who is Hispanic) and asked if he could translate into Spanish the prayers for anointing the sick. My friend agreed to take a look at the prayers and see what he can do.

This whole thing seems a little weird to me. Don't those prayers already exist in Spanish? Why would it be necessary for a parishioner to translate them? Would they even be considered "Official" prayers?

In any case, do you know where my friend can get the prayers in Spanish.

Thanks,

Jo

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Once again it seems I am not getting these emails from all experts when I have a question.  I am sorry my reply has taken so long but I am not getting the original emails for some reason.

I do not know why a priest would ask for the prayers for anointing to be translated into Spanish unless he was going to anoint someone who speaks Spanish and thus wanted to pray in their language so they could understand the prayer.

The prayers I am sure do already exist in Spanish and they would be considered "official" prayers.  Priests who pastor parishes with large Hispanic populations offer Mass in Spanish. I don't know where to get them since I am not engaged in Hispanic ministry--but those who are should know where to get them.

I would suggest if you want to know where to get prayers in Spanish that you call the diocese where you are located or where the priest is located and talk to the worship office, or the office for Hispanic outreach/ministry/affairs, etc.  Most if not all dioceses have offices set up for Hispanic ministry.  

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I am a Catholic priest in good standing and in active ministry in the Diocese of Scranton PA. I can answer most any question about the Catholic Faith, however my area of specialization is Systematic Theology. Systematic Theology is a branch of theology that focuses on the fundamental tenants of the Faith and the Dogmas of the Faith. I have specialization on the Reformation and Catholic vs. Protestant theology/issues and answering Protestant challenges to the Faith.

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I was ordained in June of 2008. Since that time the thrust of my ministry has been specialized. In my first assignment I was an assistant pastor. A year later I was sent to work in education. I spent six (6) years in education and have now assumed my first pastorate. While education was the thrust of my ministry, nevertheless I continued to have a hand in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy and prison chaplaincy. Now that I am out of education I will obviously be focusing more on parish work than specialized ministry. I have two years of formal Clinical Pastoral Education and prior to ordination I successfully pursued Board Certification for health care ministry through the NACC. My certification needs to be renewed and I plan to seek dual certification in health care ministry (NACC and APC) when I renew my certification. I have a breadth of experience working with Protestant ministers and collaborating with them to achieve the goals of hospital pastoral care and chaplaincy. These ministers run the spectrum from the liberal to the conservative.

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Bachelors of Science-- University of Scranton PA Masters of Arts Theology--- Saint Mary's Seminary and University Baltimore MD Masters of Divinity--- Saint Charles Borremeo Seminary Philadelphia PA Board Certified Chaplain (up for renewal)

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