Anointing of the Sick


By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.

Anointing of the sick is a sacrament that is offered to those undergoing serious illness or people who have grown weak under the burden of years. In our parish, if you wish to be anointed, please call the parish office and one of the priests on duty will arrange a convenient time to visit you in your home, nursing home or hospital.

Vatican II restored this Sacrament to the sick who were not in immediate danger of death, and suggested that Anointing of the Sick was a more appropriate name than "Extreme Unction," or "Last Rites." In 1972 the revised Rite was named (officially) the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, and was extended to include all ministry to the sick. The new Rite for this Sacrament was approved by the American Bishops in 1983, fifteen years ago. Once again the Sacrament draws us in as family, friends, and community who minister to and actively support these persons at this time of weakness or separation. The Rite intends that all of us take an active role, for the mission of the Church is Jesus’ healing, and together we are His Body, the Church. Christ continues His ministry of healing through this Sacrament of the Sick.

For more information please contact the Parish Office.



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