The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

"Is anyone among you sick?

Then he must call for the elders of the church

and they are to pray over him,

anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;

and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick,

and the Lord will raise him up,

and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him."

James 5:14-15

     Throughout His ministry, our Lord performed many miracles in which He gave physical healing to many of the sick and outcasts in society. The healing which Christ gave to those who sought Him was not only meant to restore physical strength, but also dispensed grace that helped strengthen the faith of the one who was healed.

     Through the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the infirm are given the spiritual strength from the Holy Spirit and are united in prayers of the entire Church. Anointing of the Sick provides healing of soul and body through the holy anointing as well as through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, if physically possible.

     Do not wait until the last minute to request this Sacrament. Sacraments are meant for the living, not the dead. The Sick have the right to be able to seek and receive the graces of the Sacrament at the earliest and best opportunity while they can consciously express their faith and desires and fully participate in the Sacrament.

     It is important for the Church to pray for the temporal and spiritual well-being of all the Sick, especially parishioners, friends, and benefactors of our Parish. If you have a family member or friend that you would like to have added to our Parish Prayer List, please contact the Parish Office so that they can be added. Please remember in light of the HIPAA Privacy Act, the individual or a family member needs to contact us. If the individual is unable to make contact on their own, a family member needs to make sure they have the permission of the individual prior to making the request.

     If you or someone you know is sick or in the hospital, please notify the Parish Office. Please notify the staff of the facility when you or a loved one are admitted so that the Chaplain assigned to the facility can visit or so that the Parish is notified so that the Sacraments may be brought to them.

Sacraments 101: Anointing of the Sick ... Who it's for

Bishop Christopher Coyne - "Who can receive the Sacrament of the Sick?"

Pope Francis - The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick