Anointing the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives strength and spiritual support to those struggling with an illness.

Who may Receive this Sacrament?

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick had been previously known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites. However, since the Second Vatican Council, there has been a broadened understanding of the sacrament as healing and comfort for those suffering from illnesses that may not lead to immediate death. 

Ideally, the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered in a communal celebration.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that when the sick are anointed they should be "assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention" (1516). "Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration…It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist" (1517).

Spiritual Healing

The healing that occurs in this sacrament of anointing is not necessarily physical healing. While we believe that physical healing can occur through the great power of God, the grace that is infused through this special sacrament is the reminder of the eternal presence of God in our human suffering.

The priest, when blessing the oil of anointing, asks God to "send the power of your Holy Spirit, the Consoler, into this precious oil. Make this oil a remedy for all who are anointed with it; heal them in body, in soul and in spirit, and deliver them from every affliction" (Pastoral Care of the Sick, #123).

In the Roman Rite of the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick, the forehead and hands of the sick person are anointed with oil. This sacramental rite is accompanied by the prayer of the priest who asks for the grace of God to heal the body and soul of the sick person. 

 

Our priests would be happy to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with you or a member of your family.

Please call our Parish Office: 

(570)-421-2342.

 

If a priest is urgently needed to anoint you or a loved one, call our Parish Office and follow the prompts for the Emergency Line: 

(570)-421-2342.

 

He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by twoThey anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (Mark 6:7, 13)
 

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