Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

“Is there anyone sick among you?  He should ask for the presbyters of the church.  They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health.  If he has committed any sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may find healing.”
James 5:14-16

This sacrament is the second Sacrament of Healing, and is received by anyone who is seriously or chronically ill in mind or body, or in danger of death.  Persons who are facing a serious surgery are encouraged to receive this sacrament as well as those who are becoming weak due to old age.

Only priests may administer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  However, it is the role of the whole Church community to pray, serve, and give strength and consolation to the sick members of their family and community.  The Rite of Anointing includes the anointing with oil on the forehead and hands of the sick person and the laying on of hands by the priest.

“This sacrament confers a special grace which unites the sick person more intimately to the Passion of Christ…  It gives comfort, peace, courage, and event the forgiveness of sins if the sick person is not able to make a confession.  Sometimes, if it is the will of God, this sacrament even brings about the restoration of physical health.”
-The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 319)

The Church continues the healing ministry of Jesus through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  Christ strengthens the sick and suffering, and gives them grace, healing and consolation so that they will not be “broken in spirit” or “weakened in faith.”

Please call the Parish Office at 619-423-0242 to schedule for this sacrament.