Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call for the priests of the church, and he will pray over them and anoint the sick with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins, they will be forgiven.”

Letter of St. James 5:14-15

Sacrament of the Sick

This sacrament is named for the principal sign of anointing with oil consecrated by the Bishop. Though sometimes mistakenly called “The Last Rites,” this sacrament is of the complete Last Rites of the Church that include:

Confession (if the person can speak)

Holy Communion (called viaticum; if the person can take food)

– and Special prayers for the dying

Anointing of the Sick is for Catholics who are seriously ill or facing life threatening situations (like major surgery or a serious medical emergency), as well as those who may be facing imminent death.

A misconception is that calling upon the priest means that you have given up upon your dying loved one. However, never fear about this beautiful sacrament, for it can be received as many times as one might need in their life. Avoid any delay in seeing that your loved one has received the important graces of this sacrament.

How to arrange for treatment

To make an appointment, simply call the office, or see a priest after any Mass that you happen to be attending.

If you or your loved one are in the hospital, ask for the Catholic Chaplain (Priest) to pay you a visit.

If the Hospital or Medical Facility/Retirement Home/Hospice Care Center does not have a resident Catholic Priest that serves the facility, then please call the parish office at: 613-232-4891