Anointing of the Sick



The Sacrament of Anointing is for Christians whose health (physical, spiritual, or emotional) is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. In the past, people customarily waited to receive this sacrament until they were close to death. Although one may receive the sacrament as they near death, they should not wait to receive it. In fact, it can be better to be anointed at the beginning of serious illness while the sick person is still capable of active participation in the ritual. This sacrament may be repeated if a person recovers and then becomes ill again; when the illness becomes more serious; or if the person is chronically ill.

Anointing of the Sick is celebrated every First Friday during the 8 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church. You may also call the parish office (633-8711) to have a priest come to anoint you or a loved one.