Anointing of the Sick is a Sacrament for the seriously ill, weakening, or dying. Through the ministry of the priest, Jesus touches the sick, healing them from sin. In some cases, if it is God’s will, the recipient will also be healed physically. Jesus’s cures point to Kingdom of God. This Sacrament helps us see 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. Instead, a careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Anointing of the Sick is given, the initial hope is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. 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.
Source: United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is available at hospitals and by special request. If your loved one is weakening or more in-firmed, it’s important to contact Fr. Sean soon to begin the process of Anointing. This allows time for the priest to administer this sacrament with the utmost care. Contact Fr. Sean at the Parish Office, 262-657-1156.