Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick was instituted by Christ as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament and is a Sacrament of Healing.  Over the centuries, the Anointing of the Sick was conferred more exclusively on those at the point of death.  Because of this, it received the name "Extreme Unction." 

Today, the sacrament Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill, or are in danger of death from sickness or old age.  It is also fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation.  Receipt of this sacrament begs the Lord that the sick person may recover his/her health, if it would be conducive to his/her salvation.  Only priests, bishops, and presbyters are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick.

If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, or if you would like to make arrangements for a member of your family to be anointed, please contact the Parish Office (815-589-3542).