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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed., 1499)

The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. As soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed., 1514-15)

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is celebrated at certain masses during the Seasons of Advent and Lent. A person may also arrange to receive the Sacrament of Anointing before a hospital admission or in an emergency by contacting the Parish Rectory.