The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives strength and support and can be administered to anyone struggling with an illness.
He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two…They anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (Mark 6:7, 13)
Who May Receive This Sacrament?
Formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, Anointing of the Sick is not just for those at the point of death, but may be received by anyone in danger of death from sickness or old age and those preparing for surgery. This ritual of healing is available not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual illness.
The healing that occurs in this sacrament of anointing is not necessarily physical healing. While we believe that physical healing can occur through the great power of God, the grace that is infused through this special sacrament is the reminder of the eternal presence of God in our human suffering.
“The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body (in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament” (CCC 1531).
When To Receive This Sacrament?
It is a mistake to wait too long, such as until the advanced stages of a disease, to anoint a sick person. The fitting time for anointing is when the sick person begins to be in danger. In this way, the priest can be present when the time of need arrives. Please contact the parish as early as possible. In the event of an emergency, you may ask for a Catholic priest at the hospital. The parish nearest the hospital usually has a priest call to respond to an emergency.
Receiving the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may be arranged by calling the Parish Office at 201-659-1114.