Anointing of the Sick


The anointing of the sick by which the Church commends to the suffering and glorified Lord the faithful who are dangerously sick so that He relieve and save them, is conferred by anointing them with oil and using the words prescribed in the liturgical books.

  1. The anointing of the sick can be administered to a member of the faithful who, after having reached the use of reason, begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age.
    2. This sacrament can be repeated whenever the sick person again falls into a serious sickness after convalescence or whenever a more serious crisis develops during the same sickness.

Anyone needing the Sacrament of Anointing for themselves or for a family member should contact the rectory to make arrangements with a priest to visit. One need not wait until the person reaches the end moments of life, but ideally the Sacrament should be celebrated when the sick person is conscious and is able to participate in the prayers and have the opportunity to make their confession receiving the Sacrament of Penance. If hospitalized, most hospitals have arrangements for pastoral care and anytime one is admitted it is important to see that you are identified as a Catholic. Priests assigned to care for hospitals are available to offer the Anointing of the Sick. When visiting hospitals your parish priest is also willing to offer the Anointing of the Sick to those in need.