The Anointing of the Sick is the Church’s sacrament of healing. It involves the anointing of a sick person by a priest with blessed oil, in accordance with the Epistle of James:

Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders [presbyters] of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

The Anointing of the Sick is traditionally known as the “Last Rites”, but it is not strictly intended for those at the point of death. “As soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1514).

If you wish to arrange to celebrate this sacrament, please call the parish office at 204.727.4728.