The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude” (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for “this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matt. 8:17)
Many people think that Anointing of the Sick is “Last Rites” and is only given when a person is dying. They are not the same thing . . .
Anointing of the Sick
This is a Sacrament. It is used to bring graces of the Holy Spirit to anyone who is going through a potentially threatening illness, is elderly, or is about to undergo surgery.
This is a series of Sacraments. It is used when someone is nearing the end of life, with death potentially near.
When to Request?
You can request Anointing of the Sick Sacrament whenever you or a loved one is ill or facing surgery. Do not wait until you determine that your loved one is almost ready to die.
If your loved one is approaching death, you can request Last Rites.
How to Request?
Contact the Parish Office. Leave a message containing your name, phone number, name of the person to receive the Sacrament, and the condition.