Anointing of the Sick


The Basics

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a ritual of healing through which God strengthens and supports those who are struggling with physical, mental, or spiritual illness. When given at the time of death this sacrament is called "Extreme Unction" or "Last Rites".

The ritual involves prayer and anointing the sick person's forehead and hands with chrism (blessed oil). (Oil has long been a symbol of strength.) The sacrament may be delivered privately (in a hospital room, for example) or as a communal event.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that when the sick are anointed they should be "assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention" (1516). "Like all the sacraments, the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration…It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist" (1517).


Spiritual Healing

Whether or not God uses this sacrament as a vehicle for physical healing, spiritual healing occurs. As the sick person is reminded of God's eternal presence and love (even in the midst of our suffering), s/he finds renewed strength and comfort. All healing comes, of course, through the power of God as we are reminded in the blessing of the oil:

[God,] "send the power of your Holy Spirit, the Consoler, into this precious oil. Make this oil a remedy for all who are anointed with it; heal them in body, in soul and in spirit, and deliver them from every affliction" (Pastoral Care of the Sick, #123).


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Anointing of the Sick






Holy Orders





He summoned the Twelve

and began to send them out

two by two

They anointed with oil

many who were sick

and cured them.

(Mark 6:7, 13)




The Sacrament of Anointing

of the Sick is available to those

anticipating a hospital stay or

surgery as well as those who are

near death or struggling with



Contact the parish office at

522.3680 to make arrangements.