The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Please notify the church office if someone wants to be visited in the hospital, nursing home or at home. For the Anointing of the Sick, the priest should be notified as soon as serious illness is diagnosed or serious injury is indicated; please do not wait until the end is near before notifying us.