Anointing of the Sick

 

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The Priest gives this Sacrament to a person who is ill by anointing him with consecrated oil. The purpose and effect of this sacrament is to give comfort and special grace to the person receiving it, including the remission of sins, if necessary. The anointing is accompanied by special prayers and blessings.

In times past, this sacrament was reserved for those who were dying. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) changed the name of the sacrament from “Extreme Unction” to “Sacrament of the Sick” and broadened it's use considerably. Today, people who are in the hospital for an illness that may not be life threatening are given this sacrament. It can be received as often as necessary.

The Anointing of the Sick takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. Please call the parish office to receive this sacrament of healing if a family member is ill or preparing for surgery or any other medical procedure.

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