Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

 

May the Lord in His love and Mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit!

“Through the sacrament of anointing the Church supports the sick in their struggle against illness and continues Christ’s messianic work of healing.” (Pastoral Care of the Sick, 98)

What are the roots of this sacrament?

“The apostolic Church has its own rite for the sick, attested to by St. James: ‘Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders [presbyters] of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.’ Tradition has recognized in this rite one of the seven sacraments.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1510)

When should I call for the celebration of this sacrament?

The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, 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.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, #73)

  • The diagnosis of a serious life-threatening illness
  • The sudden on-set of serious illness
  • The progression of chronic illness or the struggles of aging
  • The need for serious surgery
  • It is important not to wait until the last minute, but to allow for time to share actively and consciously in the celebration of this sacrament. Whenever possible, the recipient should be aware of the celebration of the sacrament and capable of participating in it. Family members are invited to pray together with the sick person and to join their individual prayers with the intercession of the Church in this ritual.

How often is this sacrament received?

The anointing of the sick may be repeated throughout the illness or whenever the illness becomes more serious or enters a new stage. For those who are dying, it is recommended that they receive Holy Communion as frequently as possible so that they may have the special grace of the Eucharist which is called viaticum or “food for the journey”.

Please call the parish office at 766-9433 when being admitted into the hospital or nursing facility. Call any parish priest as soon as there is any serious illness.