Anointing of the Sick

Moved with pity by His people's suffering, Christ has given the Church a sacrament through which He can still touch us to heal us today. The Anointing of the sick is not only for those who are near death, but "...as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived," (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1514). If health conditions worsen for one who has already been anointed, he may receive the sacrament again. It is fitting that one who will undergo a serious operation may receive the anointing as well.

In case of serious illness or sudden death, notify the rectory immediately. Please notify us of any sick, homebound, or hospitalized so that we may arrange to bring them the Eucharist or Sacrament of the Sick.

What is the Anointing of the Sick?