Traditionally referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength. Anointing of the Sick was, in the past, most commonly administered to the dying, for the remission of sins, spiritual strength, and the recovery of physical health. In modern times, however, its use has been expanded to all who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious medical procedure to help a person recover his or her health. The essential rite of the sacrament consists in the priest laying hands on the sick, anointing him with blessed oil. Like Confession and Holy Communion, the other sacraments commonly performed in Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be repeated as often as is necessary.
The healing presence of God is available upon request. If you are seriously ill or are preparing to enter the hospital for surgery, please call the Parish Center and make arrangements to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick.
If you or someone you know is in need of this sacrament please call the parish office at 847-234-1401.