The Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven sacraments and continues the work of Jesus, who was known as a healer. Jesus passed on his healing power to his apostles – who anointed the sick with oil and cured them. This sacrament is consoling as it keeps the Church’s promise that we will not abandon you in your sickness, suffering, weakness or struggle.
The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament for the living. It is for all Catholics as a means to bring both spiritual and physical strength.
Who might choose to be anointed? Those facing surgery, subject to chronic disease, wrestling with depression, anxiety or addictions, or are aware of growing weakness. Children as well as adults of all ages can be anointed. Caregivers who are seriously affected by the illness of a spouse, parent or child can also be anointed. Older Catholics who are experiencing difficulties with the process of aging and persons living with disabilities may also be anointed.
This sacrament is administered only by our parish priests and imparts the life-giving energy of grace to accept and endure sickness or death with faith. The Anointing of the Sick can take place in a home, nursing home, hospital or hospice. You may receive the Sacrament any number of times in your life.
For parishioners who are homebound, the ideal time to receive an anointing is when your family is present, and not necessarily in the final hours of life.
For those parishioners who are in the end-of-life stage or in hospice care, family members should contact our office immediately to have their loved one anointed as a priest may not be available on short notice prior to death.
If you are in need of support or the Sacrament of Anointing, please contact Mary Ellen Johnston at 773.456.6664 or email@example.com to coordinate a visit by our parish priests.