Anointing of the Sick
What is the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?
In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. Jesus’s cures as told in scripture were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing shows us that there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults)
Anointing of the Sick (Who is it for)
This sacrament is for those who are sick, those facing surgery, those with disease or illness, the aged and those who need God's healing presence in other areas of their lives. Please contact the parish office as soon as possible when there is a need for this sacrament at (724) 981-5566.
Prayers for the Health and Dignity of the Sick
Order for the Blessing of the Sick