Annointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of the Church given to those who are ill. The sacrament is given by a priest who anoints the person with the Oil of the Sick. This oil is blessed by the diocesan bishop during Holy Week of each year. By this anointing, the Church commends the sick to the healing power of Jesus Christ. The sacrament joins the suffering of the sick to that of Jesus and bestows gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The sacrament usually take two forms. An individual celebration of the sacrament can be done before surgery, in a hospital room, nursing home, or private home. Communal celebrations are also held.
The Church encourages the faithful to ask for the sacrament of anointing. The sacrament may be repeated. If you would like to receive the sacrament, please call the Parish Office.