Anointing of the Sick
Jesus Came to Heal the Whole Person, Body and Soul
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 aliment. His cures 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 tells us 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. - from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Jesus longs to heal us and the priest aids him in that process through the Anointing of the Sick, once or even multiple times, until the soul passes. This Sacrament offers wonderful grace for the journey - especially when the priest can spend time with the person and offer Communion, so please do not wait until the last minute.
Please call the Parish Office to arrange for our priest to come and administer the Sacrament to yourself or your loved one. 413-323-6272 x1