The Anointing of the Sick is offered to those who are seriously ill so that they may experience the healing and mercy of God in their suffering. It unites our experience of human weakness and sickness to the mystery of Christ’s Cross and Resurrection.
The Anointing of the Sick is intended for those who have reached the age of reason and begin to be in the danger of death due to illness or old age. This illness may be acute or chronic, physical or psychological. The Anointing can be repeated as often as necessary in the course of an illness if the person’s health declines. It is not only for the final stages of illness, but can be received as soon as a serious illness or condition is identified, or before a significant surgery.
The Anointing of the Sick always brings healing. One of its effects is the forgiveness of sins, along with spiritual strength. Because we are a body-soul unity, physical healing may also occur if, in the wisdom of God, this is for the good of the person.
Our cluster holds communal services with the Anointing of the Sick at least twice a year. The priests are always willing to anoint those in need in the hospital, nursing home, or their own homes upon request. To request the Anointing of the Sick, contact your parish office.