Anointing of the Sick

Is any among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” (James 5: 14-15)

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age. (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1527, 1528)

Only priests (presbyters and bishops) can give the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, using oil blessed by the Bishop, or if necessary by the celebrating presbyter himself. 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. (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1530, 1531)

To request Anointing of the Sick please contact the parish office.