ANOINTING OF THE SICK

sick.jpgThe Anointing of the Sick is the official name of the sacrament that many may remember as the "Last Rites" or "Extreme Unction." In the days before Vatican II, only those in danger of death were anointed, but the Council changed all that. Vatican II has had us follow the more ancient practice of the Church, which is to anoint all the sick for the healing of their bodies and souls.

If you or a loved one is ill or would like to be anointed before surgery, please contact the Parish Office or pastor to arrange to anoint you before or after Mass if you are able to come to Church, or, if not, in your home or hospital.

Who can receive this Sacrament?

Any person who is seriously ill, in danger of death, weakened by old age (even if no serious illness is present), or preparing for serious surgery due to illness may receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

One should not necessarily wait until they are on their deathbed to receive this sacrament. In addition, those who have received the Anointing of the Sick and recovered, but fall ill again, or those whose condition becomes more serious during the same illness, may receive the sacrament again. ~CCC 1514-1516

 


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