July 23, 2019
News & Events

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Saturday, October 13 at 4:30 pm Mass
Sunday, October 14 at all Masses (8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12 Noon)

Who should be anointed?

Anyone is has a serious illness or the debilitation of old age.

When should they be anointed?

As soon as the illness is diagnosed and anytime it significantly worsens.  Anointing is the sacrament of the sick so we can cope with illness and be helped to heal. 

How long do the effects of the sacrament last?  

There is no “expiration date” for the sacrament.

Isn’t this sacrament supposed to be given when somebody is dying?       

The ritual book for the Sacrament of Anointing says, “The reception of the Eucharist as viaticum, food for the passage through death to eternal life, is the sacrament proper to the dying Christian…The sacrament of anointing should be celebrated at the beginning of a serious illness.” {#175, emphasis added}   The sacrament for the dying is Holy Communion. This doesn’t mean that a dying person can’t be anointed, but the anointing should happen long before that moment.  It should never be the case that receiving the Anointing of the Sick is put off until the person is dying.

Also, remember that a priest may not be available when someone is dying. 

As we celebrate this sacrament as part of the weekend Masses, those wishing to be anointed will need to sit in the front pews or along the aisles if they cannot stand around the sanctuary for the anointing.

Our priests are always happy to visit a person at home or in a care facility to celebrate the sacrament for them.  Our Catholic hospitals have priests who visit at least several days a week to celebrate this sacrament.  Do not hesitate to ask the hospital staff for the sacrament when someone is hospitalized.